Can the Argentina and Brazil military rivalry resurface in the Cold War era ? With a arms race ensuing between the 2 neighbors
Vietnam with nuclear weapons will open a can of worms. That would plunge East Asia into another arms race. Then there goes the question who provided nuclear material, design, and expertise to the Vietnamese. The blame would go to the Soviets. That would mean the Vietnamese can also target U-Thapao Air Base in Thailand and Clark and Subic in the Philippines.Can Vietnam get nuclear weapons in the 1980s to counter balance China and to bully SE neighbors ?
How likely is a Thai Vietnam war over Cambodia possible in the 1980s ?
That's the scenario of Protect & Survive. One of the first steps of the countdown to WWIII by 1984.3. East German army shoot someone at Berlin Wall, it caused the fourth Berlin crisis, WW3 be prevented in the end, but the aftermath is worse than OTL 1983 KML007 and Able Archer.
Protect & Survive has several PODs:Yeah, When I was writing this which reminded that excellent,Intimidating TL. Basically is WW3 out of the picture but here comes the red scare
Actually, don't you think OTL like ASB? Imagine that you tell ATL people, in our timeline, a man who like Gandhi became the leader of the Soviet Union, next, Berlin Wall fell, a whole Eastern bloc collapsed peacefully in a year! Next, German reunification, next peaceful dissolution of the Soviet Union…Protect & Survive has several PODs:
(1) Protesters in East Berlin are shot by East German border guards. One RPG lands on the Western side (First minor POD)
(2) Tu-95s based in Cuba enter U.S. territorial waters near Florida before the Orange Bowl Game
(3) World War III breaking out in February 1984. The conventional battle in Germany and China lasts less than a week before the event known as The Exchange wherein the U.S. commander mistaken a large conventional explosion on an ammo depot (which can still produce a mushroom cloud) as a Soviet tactical nuclear weapon. He therefore launches U.S. tactical nuclear weapons to be fired. Pandora's Box opens.
Gandhi? You mean Gorbachev.Actually, don't you think OTL like ASB? Imagine that you tell ATL people, in our timeline, a man who like Gandhi became the leader of the Soviet Union, next, Berlin Wall fell, a whole Eastern bloc collapsed peacefully in a year! Next, German reunification, next peaceful dissolution of the Soviet Union…
They would say this “What if ”is the most unrealistic version
-Pro-Vietnamese KR faction takes power in 1975 instead of Pol Pot's faction; Thailand ends up falling to revolution by the very end of the 1970s
-Sukarno defeats Suharto's coup; eventually propels the PKI into power by the late 1960s in a twisted sort of self-fulfilling prophecy for the Suhartists
I've always thought that the Soviets missed a golden opportunity in accepting, embracing, and co-opting western counter-culture movements, specifically: electronic house and techno-rave music and hip-hop; and to lesser extants: punk, metal, grunge, rap, counter-cultural hippy rock/ folk rock, alternative/ indie rock, and even ironically reggae to some degree. It seems to me that each of these genre "scenes" had the potential to be turned into soft power daggers that the Soviets could twist and manipulate against the cultural stability of the West. Each one of them could've been used to subtly spread class concioussness and provoke popular resentment and antagonism against the ruling class.
My first thought about things like this is always: How? Like is this even feasible? Spending state funds to send Soviet agents into the United States not to collect valuable information from intelligence informants but rather to spend time hanging out at dive bars and acid parties passing Foreign Languages Publishing books into the hands of underground artists?