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  1. The 90s and 2000s if the Soviet Union survived

    I think that for geopolitical reasons, the USSR would eventually become an adversary to the West/NATO as before, and relations with China would improve as IOTL. A return to chilly relations if not an outright continuation of the Cold War is likley to happen by the mid-2000s after a warm...
  2. Military equipment during a continuous Cold War

    The USSR probably gets a new tank or two new tanks by the late 1990s. Likely these would be the T-80-based Object 640 (Black Eagle) and a further development of the T-90, the T-95.
  3. Military dictatorship in FRG

    Not very. Isn't it basically SPD and CDU plus a few other major parties? I admit my scenario may be unlikely. But NATO/the US allowing an actual dictatorship of any kind after defeating the Nazis is even more implausible.
  4. Military dictatorship in FRG

    What if it's not a dictatorship per se but a situation like Japan where the US backs a conservative establishment party to stem the tide of left-wing populism or something. Then the conservative party dominates federal politics and wins every election with about 70-80% of the vote, turning...
  5. If democracy in Japan survives, what happens it's colonial posessions?

    Japan will likely try to hold onto Korea as long as it can but it will be a confused and violent affair as the Koreans assert their national identity. Without a strong militarist push, the Japanese will not invade China proper, though it will try to pull strings from behind the scenes (see the...
  6. USA conquers the Entire Anglosphere? USA+ CANZUK?

    Easy, just have the US Navy protect the Asian holdings, perhaps with the help of an Allied Japan. Africa is too far away for the Soviets to take over, so it could be covered by an extended Monroe Doctrine.
  7. US adopted a 2-China policy

    At least from Chiang Kai-shek's and maybe the KMT hardliners' perspective, the current diplomatic situation is actually favorable as compared with Taiwan gaining de jure independence. Remember that the KMT is the Chinese Nationalist Party, they don't want to end up being a Republic of Taiwan...
  8. USA conquers the Entire Anglosphere? USA+ CANZUK?

    Only way I can see this happening is if the US stays isolationist long enough for communists to take over most of Eurasia. Then a new political paradigm takes hold where the Americans see themselves as shouldering a mission to "preserve Anglo civilization" (perhaps the shock of communist...
  9. US adopted a 2-China policy

    Nothing forced America to do it. But it was the product of early Sino-US rapprochement. Remember that in ~1975 when this relationship was just getting started, China was basically the way we see North Korea today. The US really wanted to get the PRC on board to counter the Soviet Union and also...
  10. AHC: Banning Regional Dialects

    The truth is that it's really easy to destroy dialects if they don't have prestige. Just don't teach them in school or use them in official business/the media, and people will think of them as provincial and embarrassing. They won't teach them to their kids and the tongue will die out.
  11. Atomic bomb deployed against Germans

    It's worth considering that the Germans might not surrender after 2 bombs like the Japanese did. The NSDAP leadership might just see it as yet another layer of hurt coming their way as Hitler sits in his bunker dreaming of final victory. The result could be that nukes are dropped on numerous...
  12. What if Maoist China went full on Pol Pot?

    If you look at the Japanese versus the communists, they often say similar things: IJA: -- "we're killing the Chiang Kai-shek bandits" -- "we vanquished enemy resistance in this area" -- "there are so many Chinese, it doesn't matter how many of them die" -- "the Chinese are backward and have an...
  13. What if Maoist China went full on Pol Pot?

    I think it's hard for the CCP under 1960s Mao to get much qualitatively worse than the OTL Cultural Revolution. However, you could probably prolong the madness by having more of the "old guard" be purged in favor of the "reddest" cadres and have the latter stay in power rather than get taken...
  14. What if Maoist China went full on Pol Pot?

    Hard to say. On the one hand, a a Japanese occupation of all China would be more traumatic and humiliating given that the Imperial Japanese Army was a force motivated by explicit ethnic and cultural contempt for the Chinese people. On the flip side, the CCP still managed to kill far more people...
  15. WI: Soviet organized crime (vory v zakone/thieves in law) completely eliminated

    I was always under the impression that the Russian criminal world is so prominent because of how mainstream Soviet society itself created the "cracks" for crooks to thrive. Under Stalin, the criminals could be killed or sent to perform hard labor or fight enemies, but they'd still be in the...
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