Hello everyone! This is a project I have started working on, and it will be a series of maps in the year 1960 in an Axis Victory scenario. I will be having polls to see what you are interested in seeing every time, and there will be overviews of what happens around the world. The scenario itself will be explored as time goes on, but the main points of divergence are the successful assassination of Franklin D. Roosevelt (therefore a weaker US and a more successful Japan) and a successful Axis Mediterranean campaign before the invasion of the Soviet Union. Without any more delay, here is the first update: the Western Reichskommissariats! ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The Western Reichskommissariats RK Niederlande The Netherlands was the first country other than Luxembourg to fall to the Reich after the execution of Fall Gelb in May 1940. Fortunately for the Allies, most of the former Dutch government managed to escape and go into exile in London, although many were captured during the Blitzkrieg. Military administration lasted for only a few days, and they were soon replaced by the civil administration called a Reichskommissariat, that had already been tried in Norway and mostly succeeded. The Reichskommissar of the Netherlands was assigned to be Arthur Seyss-Inquart, a Nazi supporter and former Austrian Chancellor for only a week before allowing the Anschluss. At the same time, the Fascist party of the Netherlands, Nationaal Socialistische Beweging, took limited leadership of the nation. The reason behind it was quite complex, but was mainly due to the Dutch Question. The Dutch Question was a problem which caused the split between Reichskommissariat administration and the NSB, and revolved around the future of the Dutch territories and people. Both parties agreed that the Dutch were part of the Master Race, but the NSB supported an independent Dutch nation, potentially expanding into Flanders. In contrast, the German government wished for eventual integration of the Netherlands into the Greater Reich as Reichsgau Westland. Soon enough, the SS also took a stance, with its leader Heinrich Himmler supporting the idea of a separate Ordenstaat-Burgund. Generally, this idea gathered little support from anyone but the SS, and soon faded away in the early 50’s. In 1953, a conference was organized in Hamburg to decide the future of the region, but the economic collapse Germany was facing prevented them from changing the status of the increasingly independent RK led by Seyss-Inquart. Therefore, the NSB and German administration have frequent clashes and the government is split. In 1960, RK Niederlande is ruled by an unstable regime with corrupt governors all over the place which Seyss-Inquart is trying to stop, as he seeks total and unquestionable power inside the RK. For the people, life is just as difficult as anywhere else in Nazi Europe. At least, Dutch people are considered a sub-branch of the Master Race and are treated with some respect. RK Dänemark The invasion of Denmark as part of Operation Wolfsrudel in early 1940 went perfectly smoothly, with the war going exactly as the Germans wanted it. Panzers crossed the border in South Jutland, while troops landed in Copenhagen and paratroopers captured key locations across the region. The Danish government, seeing that there was no option left for continuing the defense and sought peace with the Nazis, hoping for favorable terms. Surprisingly enough, the Germans allowed the Danish democratic government to continue operating normally, only with German military presence in the country. The Social Democrats were controlling the government and made sure to please the Nazis to retain their “independence” since they were Nordic and considered part of the Aryan ethnicity. Unfortunately for them, things got worse as in 1949, the Reich was facing problems. The over-extension, the partisan warfare in the Soviet Union and the desperate need for resources, combined with scandals as the Social Democrats collaborated with hardline communists, meant that Alexander von Falkenhausen, previously military governor of Belgium for a brief period of time, came to Denmark and officially declared RK Dänemark. Despite these intentions, however, neither he nor the Führer viewed Dänemark the same way the viewed the other RKs, as the region was not thought of as a place for colonization. This led to Falkenhausen’s administration receiving different treatment than the other colonies of this kind. RK Norwegen Norway was invaded as part of Operation Wolfsrudel to secure a safe route between Germany and Sweden for trading iron ore. The country quickly came under Nazi occupation since it wasn’t able to reorganize and defend after the initial strike by the Germans, with the first Reichskommissariat being established there, under Josef Verboten. Vidkun Quisling, part of Norway’s Nazi party who attempted to launch a coup during the invasion, was welcomed as all other parties were banned and a large part of the previous government continued operating under the control of Quisling’s movement. In general, this is one of Germany’s most successful and stable RKs, and this trend can only continue, right? RK Belgien-Nordfrankreich Often called the brother of Niederlande, Belgien-Nordfrankreich was established in May 1940 with the Blitzkrieg invasion of the Benelux countries and France. It was under the leadership of Josef Grohé, and encompassed the territories of former Belgium, as well as a small strip of land called the zone interdite which included parts of France like Dunkirk. With the Peace of Paris in late 1945, the RK’s existence was continued but the zone kept for German settlement was abandoned as part of the terms, and were given to the French State, nothing more than a German puppet state. Plans for annexing the RK itself were also abandoned, with it remaining divided between the three districts of Flandern, Wallonien and Brüssel. As for the collaborationists who included infamous Leon Degrelle, they were split due to their ideological differences with Nazism, once again similar to the events in the Netherlands. --------------------------------- What should the next update be? And, of course, any other ideas are appreciated!