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1. USSR Union Republics 1958 by Kuusinen 1. USSR Union Republics 1958 by Kuusinen
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This image is part of the alternative history series: Alternative History Series: USSR 1958
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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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grisador Featured By Owner May 12, 2015
So What os the diffetence between mongolia and İnner mongolia ?
Why one is in the USSR while the other one is 'free'
Result of Japan influence ?
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Kuusinen Featured By Owner May 13, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Inner Mongolia the part of historical Mongolia which remained under Chinese influence when Outer Mongolia (Mongolia) became a Russian client state in OTL. In this TL, Inner Mongolia was created in agreement between Japan and the USSR as a means to create a buffer zone between the respective Soviet and Japanese spheres of influence.
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:icongrisador:
grisador Featured By Owner May 14, 2015
So its a type of Rump/Buffer Country; Understood 

Thanks a lot for the information ! :D
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Alpha-Dilophosaurus Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is great love the details
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:iconkuusinen:
Kuusinen Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good to hear :)
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:iconwarsie:
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

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caspian_… (they'd be made one SSR, or maybe multiple ones like the Baltics)

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hazara_p… (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)
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:iconkuusinen:
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 :)
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:iconwarsie:
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) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lurs en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luri_lan…

how did you make this map?
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:iconkuusinen:
Kuusinen Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This map is made in GIMP and Inkscape :)
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:iconwarsie:
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.
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turbocompresor Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014
YES!!! CCCP WILL BECOME WHOLE AGAIN!
Long live mother Russia,long live mother Russia!
Romania ,Moldavia,Bulgaria, are all parts of Russia! We want union!
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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:  hormozgan96.files.wordpress.co…
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Tardis218 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014
How to you make the map look so old?
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RogueLeader1000 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014
The nightmares of the Cold War era United States, in map form! Pretty good.
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DaFreak47 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Great idea. The only thing I personally would do differently is some of the names.

Mongol SSR
Baloch SSR
Slovak SSR
Slovene SSR
Serb SSR (optional)
Croat SSR (optional)
Bulgar SSR (this one I would probably just leave as is)

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Kuusinen Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Right! Slovak vs. slovakian, I never seem do get it right! :)  I agree with you on the Mongol one, its just that the others sound so strange. In any case, we have precedents from the real USSR where they did the same by using Azerbaijan SSR in english instead of Azer SSR. Or maybe I'm lost in translation ;)
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:icondafreak47:
DaFreak47 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Yeah I don't really understand the naming of Azerbaijan. Baloch SSR, Mongol SSR, and Slovak SSR are the definite ones. I only say Slovene, Croat, and Serb because those are the obvious ethnic groups, but not demonyms so doesn't make complete sense.
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darklord86 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014
Cool!
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PG-1987 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014
Very good map.

Why did the Ukrainan SSR get the Crimean ASSR/Oblast this time?
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:iconkuusinen:
Kuusinen Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
For similar reasons as in our timeline. During the war, Crimea was not occupied by the Germans, however, the Tatar population began an uprising when Turkey joined the war, hoping to aid the Axis powers in their invasion, west and southeast of Crimea. As Stalin did in OTL, he deported the Tatars after the war as a punishment, rendering the Crimean ASSR purposeless.

The Ukraine had been trouble-makers for the authorities in Moscow before and during the war. The decision was taken to award the Ukrainian SSR with this territory in 1953, using similar strategies as were used for other trouble-making nationalities in the hugely extended union. But it was also a sign of a new era of friendship and trust between the post-war, post-Stalin leadership in the Kremlin and the local authorities in Kiev. After the victory in the war, the Ukrainian SSR, did become a "first-class" republic, setting the example for and dominating the newcomers. The same was the case for the pre-war Soviet nations in Central Asia and the Caucasus. Of course, that is not to say that this development threatened the status and power of Moscow/Russia and the Russians all that much.
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PG-1987 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014
That does not seem fair.
The Ukraine has already gotten the southern part of Poland's old Kresy and the CSSR's
Carpathian Ruthenia. It does not deserve the Crimea where Ukrainians are just a minority.

Why is the Ukraine always asking for a special treatment?
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:iconkuusinen:
Kuusinen Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, the official statements of the authorities maintained that that "the Crimea's economy is closely linked with the economy of the Ukrainian Republic" and that "the Crimea forms, as it were, a natural extension of the southern Ukrainian steppes".

The Ukraine was, like I said, politically important and economically vital for the Union. Among the founding republics of the USSR, traditionally bound to Russia, trouble-makers as well as loyal allies, and last but not least, by far the most populated and thus most influential soviet republic apart from the Russian SFSR. So why wouldn't they get special treatment?
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No1re Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014
Bloody hell.
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GrandDukeofSomething Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014
Are we eventually going to see a map of the entire world for this timeline?
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:iconkuusinen:
Kuusinen Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, such a map in the pipelines :)
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LNucleus Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I like this timeline.
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:iconkuusinen:
Kuusinen Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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