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1. USSR Union Republics 1958 by Kuusinen 1. USSR Union Republics 1958 by Kuusinen
This image is part of the alternative history series: Alternative History Series: USSR 1958

This map lists all member republics of the USSR in 1958, with year of accession. The territorial expansion of the union during the Second World War witness the total number of republics rising from 11 to 31.

At the end of the war, socialism and the Soviet-type communism was mostly received as liberating and the future socio-political system within the territories in question. Of course, this was not universal, some nations were previous or would-be "trouble-makers" to the authorities in Moscow and thus had to be catered to. Soviet planners were careful to draw the borders between the new soviet republics, as much accurately as possible, along ethnic locations, but still, there must always be winners and losers. Let us briefly account for the main territorial changes within the USSR:

1 The Belorussian and the Ukrainan SSRs respectively acquired land from Eastern Poland.

2. The Karelo-Finnish SSR was created from Finland and Russian Karelia, as well as receiving Northern Norway. Svalbard became part of the Russian SFRS.

3. The former states of Iran and Afghanistan were dismantled and distributed among various ethnic groups. The Azerbaijan, Turkmen, Uzbek and Tajik SSRs gained much territory with the annexation of these countries as did the Armenian SSR from Turkey for their war effort. Formerly stateless groups were also detached from their former rulers. The Kurds of Turkey and Iran  were united within the Socialist Arab Federation and the Balochs of Iran, Afghanistan and India received their own SSR.

4. Following the annexation of Xinjiang in 1946, the former Chinese province was cut in half; the Kirghiz and Kazakh territories were annexed by the respective SSRs, and the rest became the home of the Uyghur ethnic group.

5. In Central-Eastern Europe, they most notable territorial change since before the war was the dismantling of pre-war Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia and the re-bordering of the Polish SSR. The Poles annexed large chunks of land in Eastern and Western Prussia from Germany and the Czechs and Slovaks were separated in single SSRs. Former Yugoslavia was broken up into the Croatian, Slovenian, Serbian and and Albanian SSRs. Kosovo went to the Albanian SSR, as did one third of Macediona. The other two thirds became parts of the Serbian and the Bulgarian SSR respectively. Bosnia was divided between the Serbian and Croatian SSRs. The Romanians were given back the province of Bessarabia from the Ukrainian SSR (previously annexed in 1940) in order to keep the peace as was the Hungarian SSR enlarged slightly from Versailles borders. Greece was reunited with Cyprus, Thrace and the old capital of Constantinople (formerly Turkish Istanbul). The incorporation of Istanbul was as much a strategic consideration for the USSR as a whole, as it was catering to the Greeks.
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Alpha-Dilophosaurus Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is great love the details
Kuusinen Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good to hear :)
Warsie Featured By Owner Edited Nov 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
No Yugoslav SSR?

Also, Persia would be divided into a lot more than just Baluchistan. Also what the fuck happened with Kurds and Azerbaijanis? Let alone the Caspian peoples spoken in the north of Iran

>> The Kurds of Turkey and Iran  were united within the Socialist Arab Federation and the Balochs of Iran,

What will NOT happen

EDIT: these people were left out… (they'd be made one SSR, or maybe multiple ones like the Baltics)… (Pashtuns, but Shi'a. So they'd get a different republic)

EDIT 2: they'd be called 'iranisn soviet republic' or something as their internal name was ALWAYS 'iran' ('persia' was the ancient greeks thinking a single province was the name of all of the empire)
Kuusinen Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well we cant give everyone their own republic. I dont think I'll be editing this from now on, but thanks for the feedback :)
Warsie Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
dawwww. I had a similar idea for an expanded USSR in the past, I just never was able to well make the damn map, cause stuff D:
oh, i forgot the luristanis (iran)…

how did you make this map?
Kuusinen Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This map is made in GIMP and Inkscape :)
Warsie Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks. I already have GIMP, i used it before.  :p

I -think- I used it for my avatar you see.
turbocompresor Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014
Long live mother Russia,long live mother Russia!
Romania ,Moldavia,Bulgaria, are all parts of Russia! We want union!
Atamolos Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice map!

Although, "Afghan" is not an ethnic group.  Afghanistan is actually made up primarily of two distinct ethno-linguistic groups which comprise appx 85% of the population: the Pashtun people who speak Pashto (35%), and the Hazara people (50%) who speak Persian (along with Uzbek, Turkmen, and Balochi minorities making up most of the remaining 15%).

Here's a map showing the linguistic groups:…
Tardis218 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014
How to you make the map look so old?
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