nuclear war

  1. AHC: Colonial Fratricide, Nuclear exchange between UK and France

    With a PoD after WW2, how could there be a nuclear exchange set off between the United Kingdom and France? The only condition of this scenario is that the first nuke that goes off has to be either French or British and directed at their rival across the Channel (or at one of their colonial...
  2. General Kenobi

    How would a post-nuclear world look like?

    Let's say this nuclear exchange occurs between 1966 and 1970, assuming the contingency operations of every major power goes as planned and civilization manages to rebuild, what would a post-nuclear world look like say 30 to 40 years after? How would this affect culture including music, cars, and...
  3. The war of the 37 hours

    In 1983 the Soviet computers revealed the arrival of American missiles, alarm in reality it was a fake and thanks to the military Petrov the war did not break out, what would have happened instead if the USSR had reacted? The war breaks out and the main cities of the world are bombed but the...
  4. AHC: Have the US keep the nuclear edge over the USSR

    As we all know, the US was the country which created the first nuclear weapons and the only country to use them in war, bombing Hiroshima and Nagasaki with nuclear weapons to finally end the Pacific War. After that, the US kept the largest nuclear arsenal as many more countries developed nuclear...
  5. The AANW but without the "warm war" period

    In the thread of The Anglo/American Nazi War there's a period of about 10 years after the defeat of the USSR where the Allies stop fighting Germany head on, only to reignite the war in 1954. This is crucial for the story and ultimately leads to a dystopian post-war world; but in real life...
  6. Voices of Doomsday Through the Ages

    Many of those on this board have read the TL/Story I did based on the classic by Amerigo Vespucci, The Cuban Missile War, namely Voices of Doomsday. In the story at entry #171 I believe I mentioned a PSA that was recorded by Arthur Godfrey back in the 50's to be played on CONELRAD in the event...
  7. The aftermath of a limited nuclear exchange

    Consider a scenario where a general war broke out between NATO + allies and the Warsaw Pact + allies in what could be described as the 'peak' of the Cold War - the period between the Russian invasion of Afghanistan and the Chernobyl disaster (1979-1986). In this period, both alliances were at...
  8. ChadMachine999

    Nuclear Arab Israeli War

    Lets say that the UAR survives and develops nukes alongside Israel. By 1975 a crisis happens and both sides go to war firing hundreds of nuclear missiles at each other.
  9. Images from Twilight: 2000

    In order to understand this timeline. The year is 2000.The year of Twilight War. 5 years since the Sino-Soviet conflict escalated into a full-blown war as dragging both Western Powers and Eastern Powers into the cycle of destruction. In Europe, the theater of operations had been fought to a near...
  10. Recommendations for reasonably plausible WWIII (and aftermath) TLs?

    I had considered reading through 1983: Doomsday, but I've seen a lot of critique that it's quite unrealistic. Any recommendations for other TLs where WWIII kicks off during the Cold War? They can address the war directly or deal mainly with the aftermath. The WWIII scenario doesn't have to...
  11. GoshDiggityDangit

    NATO v Warsaw: Possible?

    Was direct conflict possible between NATO and the Warsaw Pact nations without immediately resulting in a total nuclear war? If not, when did it become impossible to avoid? I postulate that past 1960, the two could never come into direct conflict without such a result.
  12. the Imperium of Canada

    What would be the aftermath of a 1961 Axis Victory Nuclear War?

    Inspired by Cuban Missile Crisis escalates and Fatherland/Thousand Week Reich type Axis Victory TLs. So supposed that Germany gets incredibly lucky and pushes the Soviet Union passed the Urals by 1943, soon after somehow establishing a ceasefire with the Western Allies by 1944. The Allies have...
  13. America Be Watching With The Popcorn Redux- The Search For A Higher Reaction Score
    Threadmarks: Foreword

    Foreword: ABWWTP as nobody calls it was my first major TL project, before it fell off the rails. Then again, I should have expected nothing else from a timeline I started writing when I was finishing seventh grade a few years ago. Therefore, I will be 'redux-ing' the Turtledove-eligible...
  14. BNSF1995

    The Cup of Ruin and Desolation: WWIII in 1965

    This is my first attempt at a serious timeline, so don't be too harsh. The goal is to analyze what World War III (and more specifically, nuclear war) would look like if it were fought in 1965. There may be some mistakes, and this may or may not be plausible, but I've gone to great lengths to...
  15. TapReflex

    Let There Be Light! The Illumination of a World in Darkness
    Threadmarks: 13th Hour - There Will Come Soft Rains

    2026 Augusts 26th - There is sunshine over the city of Philadelphia for the first time since the war began. It would not end for another two months. Every so often, someone pokes their head from the rubble, suited up, listening for survivors. This was to be the last war, and all Philadelphians...
  16. What if the Cold War Went Nuclear?

    I would like to base this thread on the Whatifalthist video about a scenario where a nuclear war occurred in the 1980s. I would like to know if you agree with the proposed scenario, or if it could have happened differently, in addition to other nuclear war scenarios in the same context, as well...
  17. RAND's nuclear wars

    https://www.rand.org/pubs/notes/N2614.html Not sure where to post this, but here goes. Just rediscovered this sitting on my hard drive. Back in the eighties RAND wrote up a report envisioning multiple scenarios featuring nuclear wars in the early 2000s. I think there might be some...
  18. exilarchia

    Fate of the rest of the world in 1980s nuclear war scenario?

    Just for simplicity, assume that we are talking about an Able-Archer-gone-hot scenario, which is conventional for the first few days then escalates to WMDs. What would be the fate of Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia/Oceania? I assume that countries like Israel, Australia...
  19. Anarcho-Occultist

    Nuclear targets in a Nazi-US Cold War gone hot

    Let’s look at the classic Nazi Germany-US Cold War scenario (which I know is unlikely). Such a conflict is likely to escalate to nuclear war given the nature of Nazi ideology. Let’s say this conflict escalates to a nuclear exchange sometime between the late 60’s and early 80’s. My question is...
  20. GauchoBadger

    Continuation: Indo-Pakistani War in 2002?

    A continuation of this thread from the beginning of this year (since it's already too old to be bumped): https://www.alternatehistory.com/forum/threads/wi-indo-pakistani-war-in-2002.459815/ So, the consensus seems to be that Pakistan, in the event of a nuclear war with India during the...
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