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The World in 1958 -  Military-Economic Blocs by Kuusinen The World in 1958 -  Military-Economic Blocs by Kuusinen
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This map shows the political situation in the world in 1958. Since the Second World War in Europe and Asia concluded ten years ago, the world has been strictly divided into three spheres of power. Some scholars and politicians have termed the situation a "Cold War", others an "Interim Peace" due to escalating tensions between them. All three blocs are mostly isolated from the others due to different economic systems and strained political relations.

The communist bloc is completely closed off from the others. These nations live by a completely different social and economic order than the rest of the world. The SWR, lead by the USSR, really is more than a political alliance and economic zone; it is a new world order, naturally bent on eventually converting or breaking the old order. The orange observer and associated states depicted on the map are former European colonies who are not state-socialist or Marxist-Leninist by official policy, but are politically and economically dependent on either the UES, the USSR or both.

The US lead "Western World" is a collection of democratic (some of those states are only de jure democratic) and capitalistic societies. Ever since normal free trade with continential Europe and large parts of Africa was discontinued, or reduced dramatically, in 1948-1951, the remaining capitalist countries of the world bound themselves together by a treaty of economic cooperation and free trade. The USA "woke up from a bad dream", a term coined by the hawkish president Thomas E. Dewey in the mid- 1950s who initiated a U-turn approach in foreign policy, forming a military alliance with a great number of Central and South American states. Despite many attempts by Washington to include the British Commonwealth in this alliance, the United Kingdom has, since the armistice of 1941, not engaged itself in any military alliances and still hold itself strictly neutral and inward looking when it comes to defense strategy.

The Japanese Sphere of Co-Prosperity was originally formed by military conquest but since the end of the Third Sino-Japanes War in 1947, more East Asian states have joined the alliance. Unlike the other blocs, the Sphere does not contain a single way of living or an economic system. It is more of a Greater Japanese Empire, built upon center-periphery economic relations between the Japanese producing center and the South-East Asian supplying periphery. The observer states depicted on the map are countries who are not formally within the Sphere, but are very decisively entangled in its economic web.
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Later, when I have time, I shall add a bit more detailed information about each important country in the world, which can better explain how this situation came to be and how things are currently within the power blocs.
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:iconkyriakos-cyp:
Kyriakos-Cyp Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015
Is Cyprus part of the Arab federation?
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:iconkuusinen:
Kuusinen Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No, of course not.
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:iconmrtumulus:
MrTumulus Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2014
Why doesn't Thailand have extended borders?
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:iconkuusinen:
Kuusinen Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hmm why should it?
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:iconmrtumulus:
MrTumulus Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2014
Why shouldn't it?
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:iconkuusinen:
Kuusinen Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hehe :D The burden of proof is on the accuser. Has Thailand any reason to expand it's borders? Thailand was never engaged in military conflict with it's neighbors as far as I remember.
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:iconmrtumulus:
MrTumulus Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014
It was allied with Japan during World War II. In this universe, it seems that Japan has won the war to some extent, unless there was no war at all?
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:iconkuusinen:
Kuusinen Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The Journal [link above] only says this: "A zone of economic and military cooperation among the Japanese-dominated states, it [the Sphere] grew during the early 1950s by incorporating the Empire of Vietnam and the Kingdom of Thailand. Thailand had been collaborating with Japan during the latter stages of the Sino-Japanese War and became entangled in the Co-Prosperity Sphere's economic web, eventually joining the alliance in 1949."
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:iconmrtumulus:
MrTumulus Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014
Fair enough. I would also like to ask why Laos and Cambodia are incorporated into Vietnam.
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:iconkuusinen:
Kuusinen Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well the journal says: "Japanese-backed guerrillas overthrew the French colonial administration in French Indochina in 1952 after a few years of militancy. The Empire of Vietnam immediately became a Japanese satellite state after its formation." I would suggest the countries you mentioned were part of this empire from the get-go.
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Saint-Tepes Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
1958 the prequel to 1984
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:iconepileptictrees:
epileptictrees Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014
Very similar to the "Plausible Red Alert" scenarios by rvbmoally and CynicalMarxist
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:iconbruiser128:
bruiser128 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Really like this maps series. 
You plan on making a fictional series based on this world?
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:iconkuusinen:
Kuusinen Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hmm what do you mean by fictional series?
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Saint-Tepes Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
What about Ethiopia, India and Tibet, are they neutral?
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:iconkuusinen:
Kuusinen Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes
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:iconbruiser128:
bruiser128 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I meant as in a plot with a cast of characters that are based in this 
alternate timeline you created.
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:iconkuusinen:
Kuusinen Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hehe I don't think I will be making more stuff for the timeline. It had gotten to the point where there were things I didnt like about it but I had published so many maps that It was to late to change it. But most of the maps are awesome anyway I think :)
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:iconbruiser128:
bruiser128 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Well maybe you can say who succeeded that Psycho Stalin.
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:iconquantumbranching:
QuantumBranching Featured By Owner May 28, 2014
Holy 1984, Batman. :) Quite a scary setup.

I'd imagine some commonwealth members would join the US in alliance: post WWII, it's not like Britain can dictate the foreign policy of the other "white" states, and  it must either let the African colonies govern themselves or lose them to the Reds. I can understand Britain wanting to avoid pissing off Soviet Europe, and Canada can free-ride on US protection thanks to geography, but Australia must be worried about the Japanese (they certainly were in our timeline).
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:iconkuusinen:
Kuusinen Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's a valid consideration yes.
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HeliosMegistos Featured By Owner May 13, 2014
So did the Germans attack the Soviets very early and get their asses kicked or something or did the Soviets just prepare better and then kick Nazi ass ?
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:iconkuusinen:
Kuusinen Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The Soviets prepared, and had war experience from fighting the allies alongside the Germans. The Germans could have won the war, just that in this scenario, this fight-to-the-death battle was won by the Soviets after seven years of bloody fighting. Take a look at the journal if you're interested in the details :)
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SchmittLenin Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014
While I'm happy that for once Canada doesn't "Make one" with america, I'm still unhappy at the fact that we're not the in the Socialist team...
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:iconmdc01957:
mdc01957 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014
My guess is the Third Reich was far more reckless, allowing the USSR to basically steamroll Europe before the Brits could step in?
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:iconkuusinen:
Kuusinen Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The Third Reich was dealing with a whole other situation than it did in OTL. It's reclessness was in the failure of the invasion of the Soviet Union, which could have succeeded, if the Germans had played their cards. better. The Brits stepped in already in september 1939, but were defeated and thus could not and would not rejoin the war when it turned against the Germans.
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mdc01957 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014
So in other words, the Germans declared war on the USSR first?
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:iconkuusinen:
Kuusinen Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Correct
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:iconrus-storm:
Rus-Storm Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Seems like Red Alert 3 (USSR vs Allies vs Japanese Empire) :) (Smile) 
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:iconkuusinen:
Kuusinen Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good point! If the Japanese create a robot army, WWIII will be concluded on the spot.
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SecretAgent632 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I have a feeling that in the event of a Third World War, the Japanese Empire would very likely side with the United States and the other members of the Western Bloc.
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:iconkuusinen:
Kuusinen Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well that's a possible scenario. Allthough I would think it comes down to what WWIII will be about, who starts it and why. Because Japan has great interests against both the USA and the USSR in the Far East and Pacific. On the other hand, the USSR has more to gain by going to war with the USA than with Japan, so an anti-Western alliance (kind of like the WWII Molotov-Rippentrop Axis) is also plausible.
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GiddyAutomaton Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014
I'm not sure how plausible this is but I really really like it. It feels very historically satisfying for some reason. Good work! :)
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:iconkuusinen:
Kuusinen Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! :)
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darklord86 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014
Very nice!
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Historyman14 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014
I like it, could you do one showing how things are by the time of 68, or 78.
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:iconkuusinen:
Kuusinen Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! Well, I haven't really thought so far a head. Maybe, when we've cleared the thick mist in which the 1939-1958 timeline is still covered in ;)
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