O'er the Echoes of Winter V2: A US Presidents TLIAW

Prologues and Promises, V2
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Excerpts from "Looking Back: A Perspective of the Modern World" by Senator G. Scott Romney (Renaissance - Michigan):

"On May 1, 1947, the Second World War ended with the surrender of Afghanistan - the last Axis Power - to the Allies. Having spanned for over eight years, the destruction that the war brought was unlike anything in history; a destruction that culminated in the annihilation of Kokura, Kyoto, Stockholm, and Kabul by the atomic bomb. The world prepared itself for a new era of glorious peace..."

"...the Sorrowful Betrayal address of then-president Henry Wallace had in effect, started the Cold War. And arguably, this Cold War had never truly ended, no matter the seemingly tense peace that has lasted. The former Allies - the United States, the French Republic and the United Kingdom, and the Soviet Union - had all gone their separate ways, forming alliances that has split the world into three and a half corners..."

"...the world of today is a world of contradictions. At once, there is richness and poorness. At once, there is peace and war. At once, there is sorrow and joy. Though the New Years' Ball at New York City brings splendor to the world, at the same time, protestors in French Algeria fight for the right to sovereignty..."

"...the world today is shaped by many men. But we aim to look at the Presidents of the United States - one of the Glorious Three powers - and see how they affected the world at large. From figures like Henry Wallace and Leverett Saltonstall to Dan Lungren and Mario Diaz-Balart, here lay their stories, and how they affected the world, for better and for worse."
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Hello, ladies and gentlemen!

Welcome to the...second version of TLIAW: O'er the Echoes of Winter!
The first version...let's not talk about it.

In all seriousness though, this story aims to look over the alternate Cold War and modern-day period of this time. Admittedly, the first version failed because it was overambitious, and looked over the entire world rather than a specific nation - which caused fatigue. Promise, this won't happen again :)

I hope to upload new posts every two days (at least), so look out for that!

Now sit back, get some popcorn, and enjoy.
 
"On May 1, 1947, the Second World War ended with the surrender of Afghanistan - the last Axis Power - to the Allies. Having spanned for over eight years, the destruction that the war brought was unlike anything in history; a destruction that culminated in the annihilation of Kokura, Kyoto, Stockholm, and Kabul by the atomic bomb. The world prepared itself for a new era of glorious peace..."
So the Axis here was Japan, Sweden and Afghanistan? How did that happen?
 
It's Afghanistan, Finland, Germany, Iran, Italy, Japan, Spain, Sweden, and Turkey.

You'll hear more about this alternate axis in the first chapter.
No Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria? It seems like an interesting scenario, I'm just a bit dubious on how the Allies arrive to drop a nuclear bomb on Kabul of all places to end the war. This Afghanistan manage to achieve an industrial development much higher than IOTL at this point in history?
 
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