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Er ist wieder da
2016 represented a turning point in global politics and social attitudes, some say it was the inevitable backlash against the European refugee crisis and PC culture. The shift first became apparent in the mainstream with the Brexit referendum and Trump victory, and continued into 2017 with Norbert Hofer's, Geert Wilder's, and Marine Le Pen's victories in their respective countries. Despite the sharp change in political affairs many were still left completely bewildered when Adolf Hitler won the 2017 German election, Hitler, who had appeared in Berlin in 2014, had quickly become a national and international celebrity and was considered by many to be the world's most dedicated method actor.
By September 2017 the Schengen zone, which at this point only existed on paper was formally abolished along with the EU parliament, reducing the European Union into a currency bloc and free trade zone, what followed was a massive campaign of remilitarization and mass deportations in in continental Eur
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Tears in rain
As the 1980's began it was apparent an era was ending, the pessimistic but tranquil slump of the 1970's was ending and giving way to a new, more turbulent time. The great powers were violently awakened from their detente in 1979 with the advent of the Iranian and Afghan revolutions, the former leading to the devastating Iran-Iraq War and the latter leading to a long drawn out and disastrous Soviet intervention. Not many were prepared when the instability spread to East Asia however, reigniting the powder keg of the Korean War that had lay dormant for so many decades.
The first tensions on the Korean Peninsula began in early 1980 with the surprise death of long-reigning dictator Kim Il Sung, and his relatively inexperienced son Kim Jong Il's quick ascension to the throne. Kim Jong Il, feeling paranoid about Southern infiltrators and facing growing pressure from the military leadership would subsequently launch a thorough purge of the DPRK government. Crisis erupted in 1981 when the purg
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Gone Wrong (pt 2)
The world at the dawn of the 2030's was an uncertain place, over the course of the last two decades the old world order had violently collapsed, leaving in it's place a new international order. Following the fall of the United States the strife in the western sphere had culminated in the formation of the Transcontinental Federation, a military, economic, and political union between the newly formed North American Union, and the reinvented European Union. Since it's genesis in 2028 the Federation has expanded it's reach into Latin America, the Middle East and Africa, granting "associate state" statues to it's heavily Balkanized puppet states in the Middle East, as well as creating a strong sphere of influence in Africa and South America.
Not all were willing to bend the knee to the Federation however, a long drawn-out diplomatic crisis would unfold over Japan when controversy over the nation's remilitarization came to head in 2031, leading to various embassies being closed on both sides
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Gone Wrong
As the 2000's ended and gave way to the 2010's many felt an era of renewed hope had begun, with many putting their faith in newly elected US president Barack Obama, who made lofty promises of delivering the United States from the warmongering and economic woes of the Bush era into a new age of prosperity, rationality, and tolerance. The decade didn't play out as many optimists had hoped however, during 2010-2011 the "Arab Spring" would erupt throughout the Middle East, resulting many regime changes that proved to almost suspiciously convenient for the US. Things would end up taking a much darker turn a few years later in 2014 with the outbreak of Ebola in west Africa and the rise of the Islamic State, a radical Islamo-fascist insurgency, in Syria. Syria, which had been undergoing a particularly violent civil war between the Russian-aligned government and the US-backed rebels since the Arab Spring in 2011, would cause major controversy as displaced Syrians made their way into Europe and
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Fallout (20th century)
In September 1952 republican nominee Dwight D. Eisenhower would suffer a series of major heart attacks just mere moths before the general election, although he survived this ordeal he wasn't in well enough health to continue running and subsequently dropped out of the race. This was quite the inconvenience for the GOP, who had been banking on Eisenhower's immense popularity and were now forced to appoint his unpopular runner up, Robert A Taft, as the republican nominee. As many expected Taft flopped and ended up losing the general election to the almost equally unpopular democratic candidate Adlai Stevenson, who's unpopularity was made immediately worse when he, in a misguided attempted to put his noninterventionist policies into practice, pulled US-forces from the Korean peninsula and negotiated a conditional surrender with North Korea and Red China. Just over a year later the South Korean state predictably collapsed after a Soviet-DPRK backed coup overthrew Syngman Rhee's government
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The Oceanian Revolution
The 1950's were a dark time for the nations that made up the so called western world, just when things were beginning to look optimistic with the defeat of the axis powers and the subsequent economic boom that followed in the US and to a lesser extent the UK, it seemed war and suffering would once again rear it's  head.
Some countries had it worse then others, France, West Germany, and Scandinavia for example were just emerging from the desolation of WWII when the Red Army swarmed over the Iron Curtain during the Soviet January-offensive of 1955. The invasion had occurred out of retaliation for the nuclear bombardment campaign that NATO had been running from Turkey. Despite being somewhat bogged down in Asia in the face of the long drawn out Sino/Korean War, the forces of the Soviet Union had quickly overwhelmed Turkey and the nations of Western Europe, only facing real opposition in Franco's Spain. The United States's failure to deploy troops in Europe would cost them them the co
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History of human space exploration and habitation
History of human space exploration and habitation
First space race: 1957-1998
Around the middle of the 20th century Earth was divided by two competing superpowers that had risen out of the ashes of the World War era, the Soviet Union and United States of America. The subsequent tech race and military buildup between the two states would lead the USSR to launch of Sputnik 1, the first human-made artificial satellite to enter Earth's orbit, a few years later in 1961 Yuri Gagarin would become the first man to enter orbit. By the early-to-middle 1960's the USA was determined to catch up to the USSR in the space race, and after sending up their own astronauts and satellites the US conducted a series of twelve moon landings between 1969 and 1972.
By the 1970's relations between the two blocs had improved significantly, during this period the two countries would even conduct a joint operation during the Apollo-Soyuz mission of 1975. Unfortunately however the lack of competition would lead to
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1984
One of the first major conflicts of the post WWII era began on the Korean Peninsula, and with Cold War antagonism beginning to reach it's zenith many people quickly realized just how high the stakes were.
The war began when the Soviet aligned north Korean state attacked the US aligned southern state that had only been established a few years before. The North Korean offensive was swift and effective, taking the majority of the peninsula in the in only a few months. However, before the communists could completely overrun the the last pocket of resistance an American lead UN coalition would intervene and push the northern forces to the brink of the Yalu river, seeing that communist defeat was inevitable, the People's Republic of China (which had just emerged victorious from a civil war and was still high off revolutionary spirit) decided to lead their own intervention.
The Chinese intervention would escalate the conflict to new heights as the US military, under the command of Douglas Mac
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2016 represented a turning point in global politics and social attitudes, some say it was the inevitable backlash against the European refugee crisis and PC culture. The shift first became apparent in the mainstream with the Brexit referendum and Trump victory, and continued into 2017 with Norbert Hofer's, Geert Wilder's, and Marine Le Pen's victories in their respective countries. Despite the sharp change in political affairs many were still left completely bewildered when Adolf Hitler won the 2017 German election, Hitler, who had appeared in Berlin in 2014, had quickly become a national and international celebrity and was considered by many to be the world's most dedicated method actor.

By September 2017 the Schengen zone, which at this point only existed on paper was formally abolished along with the EU parliament, reducing the European Union into a currency bloc and free trade zone, what followed was a massive campaign of remilitarization and mass deportations in in continental Europe. Sweden, which had managed to retain it's liberal government became a haven for those escaping deportation, causing the nation considerable strain. In November 2019 just a year after it's former withdrawal from NATO[1], Germany successfully pursued Putin's Russia into ceding them Kaliningrad in exchange for monetary compensation and financial aid, merely months later in 2020 the long denied Austrian-German unification would occur after the two countries spent the three years cozy up to each other.

In 2022 on the eve of Germany's nuclear proliferation Sweden would vote to leave the European Union and three months later fall into a civil war over political repression, a year later Poland would hold a similar referendum and leave as well, feeling unfairly subjected to German hegemony. In 2026, after repeated border skirmishes Germany declared war on Poland, Poland being a NATO country meant that this had the predictable affect of the US declaring war on Germany and sending military aid to Poland, America didn't want to get into a conventional war with a nation newly equipped with hydrogen bombs however so no troops or bomb were sent into Germany proper. By the war's end Hitler had captured a bridge from East Prussia into rest of the fatherland and had forced a terrified Poland to cling to a rather indifferent Russia for security.

By the waning years of the 2020's the world was an absurd place, Europe had experienced a second wave of right-wing populism, lead by none other then Adolf Hitler (who people are now beginning to think was maybe just more then a dedicated improv artist), and in the United States Kayne West had just completed his second term and allowed Kim Kardashian to take the reigns of America and become the nation's first female president. In Asia things have been comparably a lot more normal, China flounders with it's failing economy and occasionally buts heads with a remilitarized semi-isolationist Japan complete with a new constitution. North Korea still exists although is now much less isolationist after a free trade agreement was established in 2021 much to the world's surprise that has rapidly been modernizing the nation. As the world prepares for a new decade the populations of Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Switzerland continue to bulge as people from all around the world seek a less cartoonishly insane society.

[1] France was the first to leave NATO, this had a domino effect as Europe's largest nations left the organization. Many remained however, particularly those bordering Russia.
Er ist wieder da
Based on the 2014 movie and 2012 book "Look who's back" (Er ist wieder da"), specifically the implication at the end of the story that Hitler would get back into politics.

Just a disclaimer, I'm not a neo-nazi nor do I have a very high opinion of Hitler or his reich so this alternate history scenario does not in any way reflect my views. I also tried to downplay some of the darker implications that Hitler coming back to power would have for the sake of maintaining a comedic tone.
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As the 1980's began it was apparent an era was ending, the pessimistic but tranquil slump of the 1970's was ending and giving way to a new, more turbulent time. The great powers were violently awakened from their detente in 1979 with the advent of the Iranian and Afghan revolutions, the former leading to the devastating Iran-Iraq War and the latter leading to a long drawn out and disastrous Soviet intervention. Not many were prepared when the instability spread to East Asia however, reigniting the powder keg of the Korean War that had lay dormant for so many decades.

The first tensions on the Korean Peninsula began in early 1980 with the surprise death of long-reigning dictator Kim Il Sung, and his relatively inexperienced son Kim Jong Il's quick ascension to the throne. Kim Jong Il, feeling paranoid about Southern infiltrators and facing growing pressure from the military leadership would subsequently launch a thorough purge of the DPRK government. Crisis erupted in 1981 when the purge uncovered a fairly extensive South-Korean spy ring operating within the DPRK, the northern government immediately detained the infiltrators and demanded the South's surrender in the long dormant Korean War in exchange for the their safe return. Rather than heeding Kim Jung Il's demands, South Korea demanded the return of their espionage agents with the threat of renewed military hostility.

The standoff between the two states became a global crisis when the US and Soviet Union got involved, American president Ronald Reagan proudly stated that any aggression against South Korea would be met with an uncompromising military response, the Soviet Union, dealing with internal strife and a botched intervention in Afghanistan, acted with caution despite their staunch support for North Korea. The stand off would last until February 1982, when an otherwise isolated skirmish on the DMZ escalated into full blown armed conflict between the two Koreas, by March an American-lead NATO coalition intervened in the conflict much in the same way they did in 1950. Unlike the first Korean War however, the western militaries now had access to technology and tactics much different then those utilized in the first Korean War, and as such the strategy used by the US-NATO forces involved extensive bombing of infrastructure and military or leadership complexes as well as various aquatic and aerial landings. During the chaos of the war the People's Republic of China would come into direct conflict with it's rival government in Taiwan, leading to cooling relations with the west.

By June 1986 the last fighting remnants of the DPRK surrendered and the remaining leadership was dissolved. The entire peninsula was brought under direct UN-military rule shortly afterwards and seemingly victorious South Korean despot Park Chung-hee[1] was forced to abdicate. By December 1987 the Korean Fifth Republic was proclaimed and by January 1988 the entire peninsula voted for their first head of state, soon after the then-booming US and Japanese economies began pouring money into the country as the first phase of the "Asian development plan". Later that same year the embarrassed and faltering USSR would experience a KGB-backed coup as communist hardliners seized control of the state from newly appointed "progressive reformer" Mikhail Gorbachev.

Despite the best efforts of the new Soviet regime to stabilize Russia's position on the world stage the 1989 oil crash decimated the Soviet economy and if not for the desperate and brutal measures taken by the Soviet leadership, would have thrown the country into free fall. In 1990 Saddam's Iraq would invade Kuwait for the same reasons as our timeline, the USSR was quick to deploy troops into the Gulf and aid their ally Iraq, this had the effect of escalating the conflict into full blown war between Iraq and Saudi Arabia. By 1994 Saudi Arabia and Iraq finally agreed to a peace treaty on terms that Iraq be allowed to annexe Kuwait as long as Soviet-Iraqi troops withdraw from occupied Saudi territories. By the mid-1990's the USSR was bankrupted by the Gulf War and it's continued war in Afghanistan while the US and Japanese[2] economies soared to heights previously unimaginable, the people behind the Iron Curtain were starving and facing state suppression not seen since the Stalin-era.

The situation in Eastern Europe reached a boiling point in 1996, when after half a decade of severe abuse the people of the Eastern Bloc collectively rose up against their Russian oppressors and begun what would become the Eastern Revolts. After the rebellion got off of it's feet nations and organizations all around the world found themselves rising to the occasion as a mass influx of weapons, armaments and money entered Eastern Europe. By 2001 the revolution had arguably been a success, the Soviet Union had drastically receded in size as almost all of it's constituent minorities declared themselves sovereign, and in the case of Karelia the majority Russian population opted to join Finland rather in what would become a rather messy debacle. The Warsaw Pact had ceased to exist, in it's place appeared a patchwork of unstable and impoverished states suffering through coups and revolutions on a yearly basis in some cases. This didn't detour the UN from deploying NATO troops in said countries in an attempt to ward off future Soviet aggression, by 2003 Germany had successfully reunited, although with severe economic repercussions and various Eastern European states had joined the European Economic Community.

By the middle-2000's the constant economic upswing in the US and Japan meant that consumer and government technology was lightyears ahead of what OTL was capable of at the time, VR, computing, propulsion, and holographic technology was becoming widespread in westernized society along with limited usage of cybernetic and biological body modifications. Unrest began in mainland China in 2006 due in part to the Chinese masses being exposed to the progress and decadence of the west though illegal internet usage and exposure to Hong Kong and Macau's success, which in this timeline weren't returned to the PRC due to the nation's actions during the Second Korean War, which also had the effect of revoking the western diplomacy and investment that had been built up during the 1970's. In June 2006 Chinese students, workers, and other activists took to the streets of Southern China and began a "peaceful" revolution, a year later the PRC begrudgingly withdrew the PLA and de facto allowed the region to secede due to their own internal problems, in December 2007 the leadership of Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, as well as the leaders of the revolution met in Taipei and negotiated the future of southern China. In January 2009 the constitution was ratified and the Republic of China, a successor state to the Taiwanese ROC, was declared a sovereign nation by the UN.

In 2012, after years of deliberation, the Asiatic Union was declared as a currency and economic union between Japan, Korea, and the ROC, managed by the AU parliamentary commission, three years later in 2015 it would merge with ASEAN, eight years later in 2023 North and South China would reunite after the liquidation of the CCP a year prior, bringing the entirety of East Asia into the sphere of AU-Japanese hegemony. The 2010's would see Asia become the new leader of the world in terms of human development, economic influence and cultural influence, the status of who was the new world hegemon would be symbolically illustrated during the second wave of moon landings in 2016-2019, which were carried out privately by Japanese corporations, the US however would begin to see it's sharp decline in this era.

In the years prior to the Chinese reunification, the United States would see a mass exodus of blue-collar jobs into Latin America as "the economic climate of our southern allies grows and stabilizes", this combined with the already creeping force of automation caused massive job-loss in the US and triggered the "silent depression", named so because on paper the American economy was technically growing. In 2025 the West followed the example set for them by Asia and officially ratified Americomm, an agreement that would create a currency union between the US, Canada, Quebec[3], and Mexico, as well as establish a free-trade-zone spanning the entire Western Hemisphere.
Despite the growing poverty in North America and the organized crime epidemic in South America, neon megacities would continue pop up in both respective continents built almost solely off of AU investment in some cases, by 2029-2030 the United States would finally fully relinquish it's claim to superpower status with the breakup of NATO into the European, Asian, and American military coalitions, each effectively being a confederation of private military companies.

[1] The situation in South Korea in the late 1970's was much more stable then in OTL and as a result Park Chung-hee was never assassinated.

[2] Perhaps due to circumstances stemming from the renewed Korean-War, the Japanese asset bubble never got as bad as it did in OTL, and as such the Japanese economic miracle continued all throughout the 90's and eventually eclipsed the US economy by the mid-2000's.

[3] After the failure of the 1980 referendum Quebec was eventually granted quasi-independence in 1991 after the federal government finally gave in to the contestant nagging of Quebec's premiers.
Tears in rain
The year is 2032, and the cybernetically and biologically argumented hordes walk amongst the rain-splattered, neon-lit megacities of hyperdeveloped Asia and rapidly decaying America, each citizen blissfully distracted from their soul-crushing dystopia by a myriad of flashing alerts and adverts cheerfully projected directly onto their eyes or into their brain.

The world is ruled by a vaguely-defined Asian-Western hegemony that appeared sometime towards the end of the Cold War. The monolithic authorities of said hegemony: Americomm, the Asiatic Union, and the various international military alliances act merely as fronts for the nebulous private entities that rule from Tokyo and New York. The only remaining opposition being the decrepit and despot Soviet Union.

Asia, and in particular Japan serves as the centre of this brave new world, with sprawling megapolis gradually swallowing the continent Asia has collectively become the most developed and technologically advanced society on the Earth, a vision of the future.

The Americas have become subject to a vast US economic empire, but despite the US's wealth and technology crushing poverty and crime plague the nation. Latin America has become the workshop of the world, taking in most of the US's industry, South America in TTL resembles OTL's China in the 2000's.

Europe never united to the extent of OTL but retains a high standard of living, at the expense of the entire continent becoming a US-economic vassal. The Middle East is slightly more stable then OTL although there has been two major wars waged against Iraq since the 80's, this has reconciled Saudi Arabia an for Iran's rivalry at the expense Saddam Hussain.

Africa remains fairly impoverished although the Congo Wars never managed to materialize ITTL, South Africa was thrown into violence however after a pro-apartheid coup in 1992 resulted in a civil war, as a result there aren't many Boers left.

India sits on the sidelines working with the AU, it's much more developed and influential then in OTL and less tension exists with Pakistan.
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The world at the dawn of the 2030's was an uncertain place, over the course of the last two decades the old world order had violently collapsed, leaving in it's place a new international order. Following the fall of the United States the strife in the western sphere had culminated in the formation of the Transcontinental Federation, a military, economic, and political union between the newly formed North American Union, and the reinvented European Union. Since it's genesis in 2028 the Federation has expanded it's reach into Latin America, the Middle East and Africa, granting "associate state" statues to it's heavily Balkanized puppet states in the Middle East, as well as creating a strong sphere of influence in Africa and South America.

Not all were willing to bend the knee to the Federation however, a long drawn-out diplomatic crisis would unfold over Japan when controversy over the nation's remilitarization came to head in 2031, leading to various embassies being closed on both sides. As communication between Japan and the Federation broke down the crisis would heighten and eventually the NAU-UE dominated United Nations would vote to impose heavy sanctions on the island nation, Australia, who's economy had come to be heavily intertwined with Japan following both countries' recovery from the global economic crisis, loudly voiced opposition to the sanctions. By 2033 the Asian Diplomatic Crisis, as it was now being called, had expanded to encompass both Japan and Australia, the shift away from western hegemony in Asia would culminate in the formation of the Asia-Pacific Alliance in 2034 as an economic association as well as a mutual defence initiative.

A year after it's formation the Asia-Pacific Alliance would formally merge with ASEAN and except the membership of both mainland China and the now officially independent Taiwan, drastically changing the geopolitical landscape of Asia. In 2036 the long and meticulously planned out Korean unification would conclude almost seamlessly after the last remnants of North Korea's government were either dissolved or incorporated into the Seventh Republic, who's economy had long ago taken over the North. Despite the new status of the Korean Peninsula the nation refused it's invitation into the Asia-Pacific Alliance, both the Federation and the Alliance respected this neutrality, if only because of their respective elites' use of the country has a tax haven.

The 2030's, particularly it's latter half, saw a large tech boom as various new technologies became available to civilians in wake of improving economic circumstances, chief among these new technologies were quantum computers and genetic engineering techniques, the latter would see it's first socially transformative use in Australia as a limited number of couples and individuals commissioned the first generation of designer babies. In the Federation heavy restrictions on reproduction and child custody lead many to consider state-mandated artificial reproduction facilities a viable and necessary option for the coming decades. A crisis long bubbling below the surface of the NAU would erupt in 2038 when a series of protests in the American South and Midwest lead to a series of state level referendums being held in the aforementioned regions, the result of said referendums made it apparent that a handful of states stretching from Wyoming to Florida want to leave both the NAU and the Federation. After years of negotiations and stalling the Republic of America seceded from the NAU in 2041.

After the secession of the dissident states the new Republic began to strengthen ties with both Russia and the A-P Alliance, leading the Federation into a massive arms build up it prepared for an international confrontation, by the end of the decade Earth's orbit was clustered with thousands of orbiting kinetic and nuclear weapons belonging to the respective power-blocs. The long anticipated confrontation came on August 1st 2049 when a malfunctioning kinetic missile was fired from orbit at the Russian Far East, the WMD exchange between Russia and the Federation would last less then a full day, and eventually give way to a conventional invasion of European Russia by Federation forces. Unlike the earlier attempts to invade Russia made by Hitler and Napoleon this invasion would prove to be brutally effective at accomplishing it's goals completely dismembering and defeating the former Russian Federation by 2051.

After the cataclysmic Russo-Federation War the global economy and geopolitical scene would once again be massively destabilized, from 2053 to 2055 the violent and tense Siberian Secession would occur and see the formation of a far-right populist Russian rump-state, that quickly sought refuge with the Asia-Pacific Alliance. As the decades went on a new status-quo would be established and the world fall into a new Cold War, the expansive Federation on one side representing what it calls social democracy, and the Asia-Pacific Alliance and it's allies on the other side, advocating free market principles and laissez faire government in some cases and authoritarian populism in other cases. As civilization advances onwards it's becoming clear to many that Earth's rivalries may inevitably spill into the stars.
As the 2000's ended and gave way to the 2010's many felt an era of renewed hope had begun, with many putting their faith in newly elected US president Barack Obama, who made lofty promises of delivering the United States from the warmongering and economic woes of the Bush era into a new age of prosperity, rationality, and tolerance. The decade didn't play out as many optimists had hoped however, during 2010-2011 the "Arab Spring" would erupt throughout the Middle East, resulting many regime changes that proved to almost suspiciously convenient for the US. Things would end up taking a much darker turn a few years later in 2014 with the outbreak of Ebola in west Africa and the rise of the Islamic State, a radical Islamo-fascist insurgency, in Syria. Syria, which had been undergoing a particularly violent civil war between the Russian-aligned government and the US-backed rebels since the Arab Spring in 2011, would cause major controversy as displaced Syrians made their way into Europe and animosity between NATO and Russia grew, a trend which was made worse by the 2014 Russian annexation of Crimea. The Syrian Refugee Crisis, as it came to be known, would act as the catalyst for an even greater migration crisis as many millions of non-Syrian Middle Easterners and Africans entered the EU and claimed political asylum, causing economic strain and major cultural clashes.

When the economy crashed in August 2015 to an extent that dwarfed the 2008 recession it became apparent that the world had reached it's boiling point. China, who's economy had been teetering on the edge for the past few years, felt the brunt of economic crisis as western companies pulled out and caused industry to completely dry up. The complete ceasing of the Chinese economy predictably lead to major unrest as the usual separatist groups became vocal and worker-student protesters took to the streets, the CCP desperately (and in some cases violently) floundered around for a few months before eventually succumbing to a military coup in June 2016. In November of the same year the United States would elect Hillary Clinton as it's first female president,  the Clinton administration would then go on to launch a full scale invasion of Syria in early 2017 and later Iran in 2018.

By the year 2022 Russia had withdrawn from the United Nations, the US was once again bogged down in the Middle East, the EU had begun the process of federalization and was plagued by social unrest and domestic violence not seen since the world wars, and the economy had yet to recover to anything even remotely resembling pre-2015 levels.
The US as it existed in 2022 was a forgone shadow of it's former self, major terrorist bombings were a daily occurrence, militias regularly seized federal institutions and overthrew state governments, and entire cities had been consumed in race riots, so it didn't come as a surprise to anyone when it was finally destroyed following a catastrophic nuclear terrorist attack[1] that was launched against the eastern seaboard on the anniversary of 9/11 in 2022.

After the the US was knocked out of the game the world scrambled to claim the mantle of world hegemon, this put the UN into a difficult situation, Russia and to a lesser extent the new Chinese regime were viewed as international pariahs on par with North Korea at this point and the idea of one of them becoming a global superpower was unacceptable to the UN, the EU was the obvious candidate but it's leadership was fairly preoccupied with nation building and quelling riots and insurgencies following the recent string collapses that had recently afflicted most of it member states[2]. With this all eyes turned to the unlikely candidate of Canada, Canada, still under the leadership of Justin Trudeau, had weathered the global crisis relatively well, it's economy had obviously faltered considerably and the Québécois were being noisy again, but overall the country had maintained high-ish standard of living and the government still remained in control of the situation.

In late November 2022, a mere three months after the nuclear attacks in the east, a Canadian-lead UN military coalition would march into the US in an attempt to end the anarchy, the mission was arguably successful, as by the middle of 2024, after a lengthy occupation period a "restored" US government was propped up in Olympus, Washington. Not long after the establishment of the new US government the North American Union would be founded, initially formed as an EU inspired project put in place to help facilitate the reconstruction of American infrastructure, the NAU quickly took on a life of it's own after the restructuring of the Canadian government's internal bureaucracy and became a very dominant and autonomous entity, although ultimately still an arm of UN/EU hegemony.

By the middle to late 2020's the economic and geopolitical situation had improved significantly, the NAU infrastructure programmes had caused a massive public-sector employment boom and the chaos in the Middle East was finally beginning to wind down with the establishment of various tightly controlled puppet states. There was however unrest in Venezuela and South Korea, with the former facing a neo-fascist uprising in 2023, and the latter experiencing a peaceful student revolution in 2026, leading to the genesis of the Korean Seventh Republic, a staunchly neutral state dedicated to establishing relations with the north. In 2028 the continued integration between the EU and NAU would culminate in the the formation of the Transcontinental Federation of States, the Federation would act as a successor to NATO as well as an economic cooperation initiative.


The world in 2030 would look drastically different then it did in 2015, unspeakable suffering and violence had occurred over the past fifteen years and by the dawn of the new decade the western world had come under the thumb of an international superstate, with only a ragtag alliance of international pariahs opposing it.

Federation: (Europe, NA, and the ME)

Despite the rather bleak circumstances the standard of living in both Europe and North America is once again on the rise and is expected to surpass pre-2015 levels in three years. Life in the Federation is relatively stable, if you don't mind putting up heavy taxes, intrusive bureaucracy, and things like an income cap. A European nationalist (if there were any left ITTL) would cringe to see the current state of the continent, mainstream national, cultural, and ethnic identity has been completely stomped out by this point, and the smorgasbord of cultures that replaced it is in the process of being stomped out as well. In the NAU things exist in a similar state as they do in Europe, albeit with relatively less immigration and a strong dissident culture existing in the former American Midwest and South. Since the foundation of the North American Union in 2026 the states of the contemporary Federation have been gradually militarizing, with thousands new ICBMs being constructed throughout the 2020's and a covert military-space program being run with the lofty end-goal of establishing WMD launch platforms in orbit. Most of the Middle East and North Africa has been brought firmly into the federation sphere with the establishment of various toothless puppet governments, although infrastructure is non-existent in some parts and radical insurgents remain at large as well. Erdogan's Turkey has fiercely resisted the Federation and forged a strong alliance with Russia, the fact that the western media constantly harps about the country allegedly keeping NATO nukes after it's withdrawal from the organization, and the regimes constant paranoia over a Federation-backed military coup make many predict the Turkey isn't long for this world.

Asia: Russia, (EA, SEA, and Aussie)

Despite overwhelming odds, and much to the annoyance of the Federation, Putin's Russia has managed to soldier on in the face of armageddon. The nation has diversified it's economy somewhat in an attempt to deal with the now permanent sanctions and the painful economic fluctuations. The average Russian lives a fairly impoverished and oppressed life, though nowhere near as bad the Euro-American media would make it seem, in fact Russians ironically enjoyed far more internet freedom then the average Federation citizen. Although the Russian populace may not all be 100% onboard with the Vladimir Putin, they for the most part are staunchly nationalistic and wholeheartedly support their governments part in the accelerating arms race. The now receded China has become a wild card since it's collapse in 2016, over the past decade the military regime has purged the last remnants of it's socialist past and made considerable efforts to rebuild the economy, first nationalizing industry and creating a sort of crypto-fascist state, by the late 2020's a campaign of privatization had begun and a fairly successful protectionist economy had been built. China remains a neutral state, although it's de facto rivalry with the Federation might push it into Russia's camp in the future. Japan has entered a new era, Shinzo Abe's legacy lead to the rekindling of Japanese nationalism in the 2020's, culminating in a new constitution and a large military build up, the west isn't happy. Australia remains an official ally to the Federation governments, although politically, culturally, and economically it exists on a completely different wave length to the rest of the west, many predict it might end up joining the newly formed Asian-axis in the future.

Africa & Latin America:

Africa and Latin America are rapidly becoming diplomatic battlegrounds between the world's geopolitical poles. After China de facto collapsed in 2015-2016, their economic projects in Africa went down with them, this opened the door for the Federation to begin their own projects in the region in the late 2020's, by 2030 most of Sub-Saharan Africa is loosely in the western sphere of influence, although much internal strife remains. The situation in Latin America is much more dynamic, the economy's of Brazil and Columbia have made a drastic come back from the recession and are quickly becoming a significant presence on the world stage, they remain staunch Federation allies and future plans are being made to join Mexico in it's status as a Federation associate-state. Venezuela is currently under a neo-fascist government that has somehow managed to surpass even Pinochet in terms brutally, the new regime has proven to be much more economically capable compared to the old Bolivarian regime however and has made a strong trading partner and ally out of Russia.




[1] No one is really sure who detonated the nuclear warheads that destroyed New York and Washington DC, some suggest the Islamic State, other suggest Iranian nationalists or even Russia. The one thing that is certain however is that those horrific and devastating flashes of light marked the symbolic end of the American experiment.

[2] Shortly after the outbreak of the Iran War and subsequent destabilization of Saudi Arabia the number of migrants and refugees fleeing the Middle East increased practically ten-fold. This would lead to major economic woes as well as large surge of right-wing populist groups and rhetoric within Europe, the EU cracked down hard, even going as far as to deploy NATO troops against various civilian demonstrations that had turned violent. From 2019 to 2021 the states of Western Europe would file for bankruptcy and abdicate their sovereignty, allowing the EU to divide the continent into countless small, digestible, administrative states by 2023.
Gone Wrong
Not quit a paleo-future but definitely a 2010's punk dystopia.
I had to split this into two parts for the sake readability, I'll have the second part out soon. I'm also I little worried a paced this world's timeline a little too fast.

Also this is meant to be hyperbole and doesn't reflect my political views.
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In September 1952 republican nominee Dwight D. Eisenhower would suffer a series of major heart attacks just mere moths before the general election, although he survived this ordeal he wasn't in well enough health to continue running and subsequently dropped out of the race. This was quite the inconvenience for the GOP, who had been banking on Eisenhower's immense popularity and were now forced to appoint his unpopular runner up, Robert A Taft, as the republican nominee. As many expected Taft flopped and ended up losing the general election to the almost equally unpopular democratic candidate Adlai Stevenson, who's unpopularity was made immediately worse when he, in a misguided attempted to put his noninterventionist policies into practice, pulled US-forces from the Korean peninsula and negotiated a conditional surrender with North Korea and Red China. Just over a year later the South Korean state predictably collapsed after a Soviet-DPRK backed coup overthrew Syngman Rhee's government and installed a revolutionary interm government that quickly submitted to northern occupation and eventual annexation.

The perceived foreign policy blunder on the Korean Peninsula combined with the already apparent unpopularity caused a deep resentment against their president within the American people, with many groups going as far as to call for secession. When the 1956 election came around it's no surprise that Richard Nixon won in one of the largest landslide victorious the country had ever seen, breaking a chain of democrat victories stretching back to 1932. Nixon would prove to be one of the more popular American presidents of the 20th century, he appeased the hardline physical-conservatives that had become vocal during the Adlai administration by effectively abolishing the lingering FDR-era New Deal programmes, he would also support Britain, Israel, and France during the Suez Canal Crisis, contributing to the tri-alliance's conditional victory in the conflict, and would make enormous efforts to keep the newly established French Fifth Republic firmly in the US-NATO sphere of influence. Nixon would also lay the foundations for human space exploration when he established the United States Space Administration (USSA), which would then go on to put the first human into outer space with the 1961 flight of captain Carl Bell.

In the waning years of Nixon's second term the United States would be drawn into war in South East Asia when the war between North and South Vietnam, which had been slowly escalating since 1958, began to seriously threaten US-aligned South Vietnam. Nixon, seeing the situation as an analogue of the Korean War, declared the US to be once again at war and vowed to "Do it right this time." Just over a year after the beginning of the American involvement in the conflict Nixon's second term would expire and the 1964 general election would be held. Youthful democratic candidate John F. Kennedy would win the election by a large margin thanks to the now voting aged baby boom generation, Kennedy would inherit the Vietnam War and would prove himself to be a capable war time leader, establishing a defined front and leading an extensive bombing campaign against the north. Kennedy was also notable for his domestic policies, paving the way for the civil rights movement, abolishing the draft, and continuing the space race against the Soviet Union[1]. Not all were pleased by Kennedy's policies however, the separatist movements from the Adlai era were once again becoming prominent in the face of what they called "the federal government trampling state's rights", in order the appease this potential threat the Kennedy administration cooked up the Commonwealth Act, a proposal that would divide the USA into thirteen semi-autonomous commonwealths that would exist in between the federal and state government, democrats and republicans eventually agreed on the plan and it was passed in 1969, a year after the Vietnam War ended with the surrender and pacification of North Vietnam.

As the sixties ended and the world entered a new decade things would look radically different from OTL 1970's. One of the most noticeable discrepancies was perhaps cultural, the cultural climate of the US in 1970 was practically the exact same as it had been 15 or even 20 years prior, this was likely due to the cultural impact of the Kennedy administration, which had shaped the baby boomers as progressive reformists who were also more then happy to bear the torch of their predecessors and perpetuate post-WWII American ideals and culture. The early 1970's began with a period of thawed tension between the western and eastern worlds, as diplomacy opened up with former communist enemies the US began to hatch plans of taking advantage of the Sino-Soviet split and building relations with the People's Republic of China, these plans were cut tragically short however when Chairman Mao's death due to a series of strokes in 1971 would allow the notorious Gang of Four, lead by Mao's former wife Jiang Qing, to perform a coup and take control of the country.

Once in power the new Chinese leadership would begin a campaign of extensive industrialization, forsaking Mao's original ideology of "agrarian socialism" in favour of an economic system reminiscent of the 1930's-era USSR. The PRC would come to mantle Stalin's Soviet Union in more ways then economic however, after the "People's Revolution" (an extension of the Cultural Revolution), was declared an immense network of gulags would come to dot the landscape of the Chinese western frontier, and countless hundreds of nuclear weapons would join the Chinese arsenal. China's actions would further alienate both the US and USSR as both states sanctioned and condemned the nation, this would have the unintended effect of bringing both countries closer together against a common enemy, and by 1974 the Treaty of Moscow would be signed between the two states during a historic presidential visit to Russia. The Moscow Treaty established a thirty-year armistice between the USA and USSR as well as a nine-year economic plan that would liberalize the Soviet economy and open it up to western investment, two years after the signing of the treaty the Warsaw Pact would dissolve in a series of unorthodox elections and peaceful (for the most part) revolutions, the Soviet Union, seeing the pact as obsolete and ultimately an obstacle in the way of their new alliance with the west, simply allowed it to peacefully dissolve.

The world would awake from the detente when Sino-Soviet tensions came to a head in 1979 over Mongolia, Mongolia, who's population was still genuinely in support of communism, felt betrayed by the Soviet Union, and as such in early 1979 thousands of workers, students, and teachers took to the streets and protested the Treaty of Moscow. After months of protesting federal buildings were seized and a revolution was declared, the Mongolian government responded to this by sending in the army which had the effect of escalating the conflict ten-fold when China sent in the PLA to "protect the protesters". A half-civil-war-half-invasion ensued and by 1983 the process of direct annexation had begun, with China deflecting the international condemnation it received by claiming the country joined at the will of it's own people.

In late 1984, after the Mongolia crisis had subsided somewhat, European Economic Community, which by now had expanded to the Baltic States[2], would be restructured into the Greater European Economic Commonwealth, later renamed simply the European Commonwealth, essentially functioning as an almost identical analogue of OTL's EU, albeit it was culturally much more conservative and nationalistic. The late 1980's saw the Arabic Union, which had come about through the 1975 merging of OPEC and the Arab League, formally federalize after the Ba'ath Party completely took over it's leadership in 1987, the newly formed superstate would align it's self with China and act as the Ying to the EC's Yang. As the world entered the 1990's China would massively expand it's sphere of influence, first gaining allies in South America after Peru fell to a Maoist insurgency and Nicaragua and Honduras were taken over by an analogue of the Sandinistas, and later carving up South East Asia into satellite states after the resumption of the Vietnam War (1992-1998), an event that would put Australia on edge and create a new, more humid, Iron Curtain.



[1] in this timeline the Soviet Union was much further behind on their space program in the 1950's, allowing the USA to pass all the milestones before them, in the late 1960's the moon landings played out just as they did in OTL but with different astronauts and different vehicle and mission names.

[2] The Baltic States achieved independence from the Soviet Union after a series of referendums were held in 1980-1983 which also saw Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Chechnya gain independence. Kaliningrad later voted for independence in 2036 and became an independent nation before collapsing and being occupied by Polish insurgents in the 2060's.

*edit* I forgot to mention the state of Cuba ITTL, basically the 1959 revolution is much more disorganized and gets put down when Nixon commits to deploying troops on the island, the result was Fidel and Che fleeing to the USSR and Batista remaing in power until his death in 1970 despite growing US condemnation. In 1973 the interm military junta abdicated after the threat of sanctions and democracy was restored. By the 21st century Cuba and Puerto Rico are flirting with the idea of becoming the US's first "semi-autonomous states".
Fallout (20th century)
My take on the 20th century events that lead to the political climate of the pre-war Fallout Universe. I might make a second part were I get into the the details of the 21st century.
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