The partition of Germany was a surprise to most who were not paying a close eye to the games being played in the concert of Europe after the collapse of Russia. Neo-Feudalism was rising in popularity as it became clear that the current trend towards Democracy would either lead to the complete collapse of the monarchy, like in Russia, or the complete destruction of the executive powers of the monarchs, such as in Britain and Germany. When Poland was formed as the only stable monarchy in post-Romanov Russia, the Aristocracy of France was very willing to accept their new comrades. Against the Red menace they marched, attempting to enforce the divine right of kings over the uncivilised, Marxist peasants. While the British could seek refuge in their puny little island, the Germans had no escape, and were quickly crushed in the name of the lord. The crusade worked wonders, and today Europe is a paradise! (that is, for those who the iron fist of the state consider a true Christian. 99% are living in squalor and dying of several plagues, which is clearly the word of god.)
While the European Caliphate was a golden age for all of Europe under Islamic control, all good things must come to an end. With the premature death of the Caliph of the state, Otto V, the state was left without an established heir. While Otto's uncle, Fredrick, attempted to keep the state together, however he was simply not as charismatic as his popular son. When the Slavs rose up, just east of the heart of the empire, it was shown that it was time for the empire to die. More tolerant Muslims moved to Italy, making sure to set up reservations for the dying Christian faith and making sure the competing Arabs never took Europe in its soft underbelly. The Turks, Tartars and other tribespeople were able to wrestle control of the eastern Rus territories from the Slavs and Germans, setting up a kingdom of prosperity.
Fredrick would not lose core territory to the encroaching rebels. Knowing he could not restore his broken empire, he took to instead picking up the pieces and making his Frankia a better state for all. Out of the ashes of Europe came the Frankic Kingdom, a relic of days gone by and a testament to the core of European identity. It would live on for hundreds of years, until the northern heathens weakened them enough for both Roman and Saracen to end the direct tree of German Islam, cementing the Great game as a future endever between a rekindled Christianity and the more elegant Bahgdadian ideology of Arabian Islam.
The battle of Warsaw was the greatest defeat for the western imperialists. The red flood, lead by Leon Trotsky of the RSFSR, descended upon the Poles and took the city, in the last cavalry battle in human history. They would not stop at the Vistula, or even at the borders of Poland, as they continued to march upon the tattered Weimar Republic to relieve the broken Spartacists from possible destruction at the hands of the old order. Flooding upon the broken remains of Berlin, a triumphant Rosa Luxemburg saw the red flag of the new Socialist Republic of Germany fly upon the remains of the Reichstag. The revolution had taken its second victim.
In the nations who had been part of the entente, there was much concern about what was to happen. The Soviets were already pressuring the Turks as their next target, using socialist policy as a bribe for getting the entente out of Anatolia. This titan staring down the new mandates in Anatolia, as well as a plausibly resurgent Germany (who was already preparing to incorporate Austria), was not the most calming thing to happen to the western powers. Their disarray in debates on how to deal with this sudden red threat was counterproductive, as several states soon fell to the new plague, such as Hungary, Czechoslovakia and even the Baltic states. Not even the death of Lenin and the sudden disappearance of Stalin (although almost no one put more than cursory investigation into the latter’s death) could stop Trotsky, as his place atop the people’s throne looked to be more powerful than any royal of London or President in Washington. The red behemoth stood atop the world, and this would not be challenged for the rest of the 20th century.
Lord knows, however, that people have tried.
The British were completely and utterly dumbfounded by the actions on the continent. The mainland was always unstable, but this red horde had swept to the borders of France in no time at all! The Soviets had their eyes on Iran and Arabia, too- endangering both the Suez and the Jewel of the empire. The people of the empire were going to need to sacrifice their newfound liberties, as the dominions were brought back into the fold as the new Federation of Imperial Commonwealths. Many of the Princely states were folded into the Commonwealth of India, which was essentially powerless compared to their Anglophone peers. Only an iron fist gripping the crown jewels could keep a hold on the restless Indians. India was safely British, but this military government strained the control over other parts of the world. The FoIC would not make it through the 20th century unscathed. Nobody enjoys colonisation, especially the Africans. Seeing what was happening in South Africa, many states instead chose to rebel against the Pink Menace, scoring victory after victory. Piece by piece, the British territory in Africa collapsed, with Rhodesia emulating South Africa, Egypt forming a new form of socialist thought (often called Socialism with Egyptian characteristics, or simply Nasserism), and East Africa forming a neutral confederation, hoping to stop either side from safely taking over Africa.
The French were now in an even worse position. With Italy’s fall to the Promethean league, a set of Left-Leninists led by one Amadeo Bordiga, and the fall of Iberia to the Syndicalist CNT-FAI, France was surrounded. Belgium was not to be much of use in a war, and the Swiss were too busy being neutral. This caused politicians to begin to see reforms in North Africa as healthy, however they took care not to give the People of Algeria any ideas. While much of the West African coast still rebelled, they were able to form a new (and absolutely not independent, this is the French in the 1930’s we’re talking about here) federation of semi-home rule to perhaps mean they wouldn’t see a collapse of the French Empire like what happened to the British in Africa.
The Americans had no care for the machinations of Europe. Imperialism was finally dying, they figured. Both the Republicans and Democrats agreed it was all about time that the Europeans left Africa (although segregation wasn’t going anywhere), but the real worry they had was the Soviets. There was a fairly high chance for the US to collapse in the style of Russia, they hadn’t particularly been kind to the unions. America needed to find a scapegoat, something they could use as a distraction to end the Red Menace once and for all.
The best target they had was Japan.
Japan had been ascendant since the end of the Great War, and by the time they had begun meddling in East Asia the Europeans had their own problems. But now, with the status quo finally settled, the Rising Sun appeared to have a target on its back. And by god, would people aim for it. Instantly taking advantage of the declaration of war Japan signed against the Republic of China, the Japanese had essentially signed their own death warrant as the Americans, followed suit by the British and the French, came to the aid of the Kuomintang, whereas the Soviets begrudgingly allied with Mao’s CCP. Together, the two powers met in secret in the pact of five, agreeing on how to split China, and to create some form of world order to stabilise the world. Neither side was particularly happy with this compromise, but it has lasted to this day. The Japanese were crushed, seeing the first nuclear bomb dropped on Tokyo buy the Soviets (leaving the Americans a tad angry, the pact had agreed the Japanese be united under the Americans), and the current status of the world emerge.
The Internationale has never been as unified as it was in those early days. The faction has split into Left (made up of Spain, Germany, and Italy), Centre (mainly made up of the USSR and its puppets), and Right (Egypt, the PRC, Arabia, etc.) sects, while a more authoritarian League of Free Nations maintains a more unified vision up to the start of the 21st century, even as more nations get home rule (as long as they don’t dare set up any form of minimum wage, or anything to stop the Americans from making money off of their newfound freedom. Humanity remains in the balance; however, one inconvenient gust of wind could see the entire house of cards collapse in an instant.