The East Marches On: An Alternate Timeline

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Soviet Union wins WW3
The date is October 31, 1983. NATO prepares for Able Archer 83, a huge military exercise simulating an invasion of Europe by the Warsaw Pact. The sheer amount of military components mobilized by NATO for this exercise frightens the Soviet leadership. The American Ambassador assures Yuri Andropov that the exercise is not a cover up for military actions against the Soviet Union. But the soviet leadership is skeptical. The Soviet Union orders the mobilization of its armed forces and requests the eastern bloc to do the same. The actions of the soviet mobilization are seen by American and British Satellites but both believe that the mobilization is simply an intimidation maneuver before the able archer exercise. They are wrong.

On the evening of November 1, a meeting is held in Moscow. The leaders of the Eastern Bloc are present. The atmosphere is tense. The sheer amount of troops in western europe has all the leaders jarred and tense. The arrival of the Pershing missiles coupled with the able archer exercise looming over them has stressed them quite a bit. A quiet debate is held. Later that night, the Field Marshall of the Soviet Forces in Eastern Germany receives the order. He has the authorization to invade western Europe at 9 AM on November 2 during the able archer exercise. A token force is kept in Afghanistan as the rest of the Soviet troops withdraw for the inevitable clash between giants. Air wings and squadrons are kept at full war time footing as the Navy receives orders to fire at any NATO ships from 9 AM on November 2. The prevailing thought within the leader's minds are that even though the exercise being a cover up for war is pretty low, the western forces were being extremely aggressive lately and sooner or later they would attack. Better for the eastern bloc to attack first.

On 9 AM, November 2, 1983 the able archer exercise is well underway, when all hell breaks lose. Warsaw Pact artillery and missiles begin crossing the border into western germany and bring destruction with it. Soviet Bombers with fighter escorts shoot down many of the surprised NATO warplanes during the exercise while the bombers put almost all of West Germany's airports out of commission. The bombers also heavily damage the ports restricting and lengthening the time for reinforcements to arrive. The Soviet 2nd Army backed by the Poles cross the border and easily smash through the resistance and take Lubeck within hours. The Eighth Soviet Army pushes into the Fulda gap knowing that most of the NATO troops are there. Surprised NATO commanders try to form a defensive line in the Fulda gap however, in the disorientation and panic, the Soviets aided by the Czechs smash through the lines and the NATO resistance in the gap disintegrates by the end of the day. Years of paranoia regarding the Soviets invading through the gap and subsequent preparations are rendered useless in a day. However they are prevented from pushing further by the US 5th Army Corps who stubbornly defend the road to Frankfurt.

The Third World War had begun.

On November 3, Soviet Air Assault brigades are dropped behind the lines in Denmark on the Jutland peninsula. They wreak havoc among the Danish Army corps. The Poles and Soviet second army march on Hamburg where the British have reinforced the city with hurried defenses. The Soviets try to bomb the city into submission however British Anti-Air stop the bombers and Fighters into straying too far in. The city holds, for now. However, in the north, the poles have begun to invade holstein and Kiel. With the Danes in disarray there is little they can do to support their German ally. The Polish also feel a little vindicated as they exact revenge for the Invasion of Poland of 1939 by invading germany. An amphibious assault manages to capture the danish islands. The Czechs and Soviets manage to capture Nuremburg risking flanking the US 5th Army Corps who retreat to Frankfurt. In the Balkans, the Greeks launch a major offensive into Bulgaria but are stopped by the Bulgarians reinforced by the Romanians. The Turkish navy tries to attack the soviet base in Sevastopol but are stopped by heavy Soviet Naval Aerial support. The 20th soviet army capture Bremen forcing the British in Hamburg to abandon the city and retreat to Wilhelmshaven. Hamburg falls within hours of the British retreat as Bremerhaven also falls. The Dutch and the British manage to stop the Soviet advance at the Weser River.

On November 4 the Danish capital of Copenhagen is captured. While guerilla warfare continues the Queen announces the official surrender of the nation. The Soviets allow the royal family to live in Copenhagen as long as they do not oppose the soviets in return for gentle occupation of Denmark. The Faroe Islands is occupied by the British and Greenland is occupied by Canada. In the south ansbach falls to the Czechs as the Soviets veer down to capture Munich. Several air sorties missions have violated Austrian Air Space and the Austrian ambassador warns the Soviet Foreign Minister that any warplanes on austrian air whether they are of NATO or Warsaw Pact origin will be shot down. The Foreign Minister accepts and promises that the Warsaw Pact will not violate Austrian sovereignty. The Battle of Munich begins as the Germans defend the city fiercely but Soviet Air Dominance in southern Germany due to lack of Italian Air Support (due to the austrians shooting down any foreign warplanes), the battle turns decisively into Soviet hands and the city falls. While the initial soviet plan was to invade Austria as well, the Austrians have begun mobilization which could slow down the offensive, and if NATO violations of Austrian Neutrality anger the people enough, the Austrians could enter the war on their side. So the Soviet Military high command scraps the plan to invade Austria. The Soviet Hungarian Corps are ordered to immediately rush into Austria to help them if the Austrians enter the war on their side. The Bulgarians and Romanians push the Greeks back to the border and remain in a defensive posture at the border knowing they cannot defeat the Greeks and Turks without Soviet aid. They can however hold the line. In the Caucasian mountains, the Turks try again and again to invade but the Soviets maintain a firm defensive posture and defend against the attacks. The Soviet Pacific Fleet begins using hit and run tactics on the Americans.

The Soviet Northern Army manages to overcome the Norwegian defense and push into the border. The Northern Fleet is given the task to disrupt supply lines and try to break the Greenland-Iceland-Norway barrier into the Atlantic. The Soviet Air Force manages to punch a hole into the already poor infrastructure in Alaska destroying American Aerial Assets in Alaska making them rely on Canadian Air Bases on the Yukon territories.

It is November 6. The British Admiralty asks for permission to launch trident Nuclear missiles at targets in Russia. Thatcher refuses to give the order. Reagan and Andropov also stick to conventional weapons for the time being and forbid the use of nuclear assets without their permission though both country's nuclear systems are kept at full readiness. Hannover falls as the German 4th Corps are bloodily mauled by 5 Soviet motor rifle divisions. Wurzburg falls to the Czechs. Soviet Submarines wreak havoc in the Atlantic as they sink hundreds of tons of supplies from the USA and Canada even managing to sink an aircraft carrier, the USS Midway is sunk by four torpedoes to the hull and a missile to the deck making the carrier explode and result in the death of thousands. Soviet Marines and Air Assault brigades manage to capture the Norwegian islands and islets near the border and start pushing the norwegians to Alta. The city of Ulm falls to the Soviets. The Road to Stuttgart is clear as the Soviets push on the initiative. Frankfurt falls to the Soviets as the US corps are forced to retreat to Wiesbaden. The British manage to land a heavy blow to the Soviets by sinking one of the Kirov class Battlecruisers.

Soviet warplanes begin making excursions into Canadian aerial territory. Long range bombers begin bombing Vancouver. Munster falls and the Dutch and British fall back to Netherlands to again stop risk being encircled. Soviet Ambassador to France assures the French president that the soviet armies will stop at the french border. However, France still begins undergoing mobilization. Oldenburg and Wilhelmshaven fall as well. The Soviet Baltic fleet is immediately transported to Hamburg to start operations from there. The Norwegian City of Alta falls.

November 7. Dortmund becomes the scene of a horrific battle as the Belgians and Germans defend the city fiercely. The Soviets are unable to beat the lines in Dortmund. A small force is detached and sent to capture Hagen. The City falls and before the Belgians and Germans learn about it Dortmund is already encircled. The defenders defend the city but the city falls as the last remnants of the Belgians and Germans surrender. A small marine brigade manages to land in the Aleutian islands. Sporadic fighting begins in the Aleutian islands. The Americans suffer a heavy blow in the Pacific as the USS Saratoga Aircraft Carrier is sunk by the Soviets. The Naval headquarters of the Pacific fleet at Vladivostok aims to sink all of the American Aircraft carriers in the Pacific to launch an invasion of Alaska. Tromso falls to the Soviet 8th Air Assault division.

November 8. Heavy fighting ensues as the Soviets are now in sight of the Rhine. Essen becomes a battleground for tanks as the German 4th Armored brigade engages the Soviets 7th Armored in defense of the City. Stuttgart falls and the Soviets push into Karlsruhe. The USS Kennedy enters the black sea to aid the Turks. However, the Soviets manage to attack the aircraft carrier putting it out of commission for at least few weeks. The Aircraft carrier is towed to Italy for repairs. The Loss of 2 Aircraft Carriers and one being made unusable for weeks with high casualties within only almost a week of the war has made riots break out in America.

November 9. Freiburg falls along with Essen with the German 4th Armored being nothing but a steaming mass of broken steel on the ground. The Soviets have lost substantial amount of tanks in the Battle of Essen, but they still have more to spare to replace the losses. The Soviets have reached the Rhine river and the Dutch border. The 7 Days till the Rhine Offensive is a success. The Soviets begin to go on the defensive to consolidate their gains. East Germany formally annexes the Western German occupied lands and announces the Reunification of the German Nation denouncing West Germany as a rogue and breakaway state. The Northern Army pushes for Narvik.

November 10. The fire of war spreads to the world as well. North Korea invades South Korea. Vietnam officially enters the war and starts bombing US bases in the Phillipines forcing them to join the war as well. The Soviets manage to repel an Anglo-dutch incursion into their territories.

November 11. The soviet submarines aided by the Northern and Baltic fleets begin harassing convoys in the atlantic while the surface ships try to break into the Atlantic. The Subs manage to sink a convoy full of tanks. The Northern Army reaches Narvik. The Battle for Narvik begins as the Norwegians desperately defend the city calling for English aid. The 5th Royal Air Assault Brigade lands in Trondheim and goes north to reinforce the city.

November 12. Seoul falls to the North Koreans. North Korea never really joins the Soviet side of the war like Vietnam allowing Japan to come to the aid of South Korea stating the defense of our ally is paramount. The Japanese begin ferrying troops to Busan. Taiwan also sends a volunteer brigade. China warns the Japanese and South Koreans that pushing any further than the demilitarized zone will mean war.

November 13. Soviet forces cross the Rhine. The Battle of Cologne, the last major West German city begins. The Soviet second army enters Dutch territory near Emmen. The British and Americans plead with France to enter the war officially. France declines.

November 14. The Japanese defend the South Korean City of Gunsan inflicting heavy casualties on the North Koreans. The North Koreans to their defensive line between Buyeo and Samcheok.

November 15. 3 Italian Fighter squadrons enter Austrian Airspace. One bombs Salzburg mistaking the city for Munich. The Austrian public roars in bloodlust. The Austrian Parliament convenes in an emergency meeting. The South Koreans counter attack at Samcheok managing to push the North Koreans slightly before digging in for a stalemate.

November 16. The Battle of Cologne, which has lasted for 4 days ends with a Warsaw Pact victory. The City falls and the West German Government asks for an armistice. The Soviets agree. Narvik falls as well. The Norwegian Navy manages to evacuate many soldiers of the city. The Norwegians fall back to Trondheim to defend South Norway.

November 17. The Vietnamese begin a full scale aerial assault on Philipines. The Americans reinforce the islands and begin transferring their planes there. Another Kirov class Battlecruiser is sunk in the Pacific by the USS Eisenhower as revenge for the Saratoga. The Soviets retaliate by bombing Anchorage.

November 18. The Austrian Government passes a vote barely to declare war on Italy and Italy only not NATO. They give military access to the Soviets and Hungarians. The Soviets and Hungarians hurry to Austria to open up an Alpine Front. The USA breaks off all diplomatic ties with Austria giving an ultimatum that if Austria does not remove itself from the war by November 25, it will mean war with the entirety of NATO. Austria responds by giving the Soviets permission to use the Aigen Air Base. One American Reports remarks "The Action by the Austrians was like flipping the finger at the Americans. In their point of view, their independence had been threatened and were doing what was right in their opinion. And this is hard to disapprove of considering the damage and loss of Austrian Life in Salzburg. Even if the Austrian Government had not pursued war, the Austrian people would have."

November 19. The Dutch city of Emmen is occupied by the Soviets. The Soviets begin using the captured Norwegian Air Base at Bodo to begin long range air raids on Iceland targeting American air fields. However this proves to be costly as the first wave of bombers are almost annihilated by the british RAF and American USAF. The Soviets prepare to invade Svalbard.

November 20. First Official battle of the Alpine Front begins as the Austrians begin pushing into Italy into South Tyrol. The Italian city of Sterzing comes under heavy fire by the Austrians and Soviets. The Soviets issue an ultimatum to the Dutch to surrender or the Soviets will begin an immediate invasion. An hour is given to respond to the ultimatum. The Dutch government refuses, however they begin evacuating the Royal Family to Britain along with all Royal and national treasures. The Soviets invade. Arnhem is put under heavy firepower.

November 21. The Japs and South Koreans break into the North Korean defenses and start pushing the North Koreans north. The Japanese Naval Forces destroy a North Korean Naval squadron. The Aleutian Islands come under full Soviet occupation. This leads to another round of riots in America. The Public are not happy with the situation in the war. Reagan is pushed by the Senate to use Tactical Nuclear Weapons on the Warsaw Pact. Reagan refuses fearing that China would join the war against them including other Soviet friendly countries like Egypt, Libya if the americans use the nuclear weapons.

November 22. The Austrians are pushed back out of Sterzing. Austrians ask the Soviets for aid. Soviets agree. However the Italians push forward as the Austrians and Hungarians entrench themselves in Innsbruck waiting for Soviet reinforcements. The Soviets begin sorties over Italy and destroy key bridges in Italy. However the Italian Airforce is aided by the Royal Spanish Airforce and the Portuguese Air Force making sorties into Italy highly risky.

November 23. Landeck is captured by the Italians as they push for Innsbruck. The Austrians repel the attack as the Hungarians begin to flank the Italians from Schwaz. The Italians are encircled and forced to retreat from North Tyrol. Soviet troops enter Groningen.

November 24. The Soviets begin the Invasion of Svalbard with amphibious assault ships. The Island falls easily to the Soviets. The Soviets begin making coordinate attacks from Bodo and Svalbard to attack Iceland. The Bombing of Anchorage stops as the American Air force pushes the Soviet air force away from Alaska. The Soviet forces in the aleutian islands receive intel that a joint canadian and american invasion is likely within the next week. They begin to prepare defenses.

November 25. NATO officially declares war on Austria as the time of the ultimatum finishes. Austria cuts off all diplomatic ties. Pretender to the Austrian Throne Otto is called to Vienna by the Austrian government.

November 26. Arnhem and Mastricht fall to the Soviets. Soviets also issue an ultimatum to Luxembourg to withdraw from the war. Luxembourg agrees on the condition that all Luxembourgish prisoners of war be released. Soviet command agrees. On 7 PM November 26, Luxembourg officially withdraws from the war bringing condemnation from NATO.

November 27. Austria and Hungary renew their offensive into South Tyrol. Soviet Special Forces make the ethnic Austrians in South Tyrol revolt. Riots break out in the cities as ethnic tensions clash between the native Austrians and the immigrant italians. Bruneck is seized by the Austrian seperatists and declares the city to be ceded to Austria. The Italian government refuses to recognize this and instead begins shelling the city.

November 28. The Battle of Eindhoven begins. Otto Von Habsburg is told by the Austrian High command that they wish to install Otto as the Archduke of Austria to become a unifying figure for the Austrian people who are still very conservative with old people even remembering the days of the Habsburg with fondness. Otto is reluctant at first however the Austrian Government assures him that the he will play only as a figurehead to unify the austrian people under the monarchy which is to be completely constitutional only. Otto agrees. The Coronation is to be held on December 5. The news spreads throughout Austria with people celebrating the news in the streets.

November 29. The Americans hand the soviets their real first defeat at the battle of Eindhoven where the Soviet fail to take the city defended by the americans. The Soviets rear west, as they take the city of Tilburg and veer south encircling the city by dusk. All night the battle continues however the city falls by midnight despite attempts by the Dutch to relieve the city.

November 30. Zwolle falls. Sterzing and Bruneck are occupied by the Austrians. USS Independence begins sorties over Ukraine. The Royal Navy sinks 4 Soviet destroyers in the White sea attempting to break into the Atlantic. The Americans reinforce Iceland with air defenses. Iceland begins to institutionalize an army as conscription centers are opened up for volunteer soldiers.

December 1. The greeks try to break the Bulgar-Romanian lines in thrace once again to no avail. The Turks begin attacking Burgas. The Soviets break the deadlock in Harlingen and take the city. The Dutch government contemplates the idea of flooding the plains.

December 2. The Americans and Canadians invade the Aleutian Islands. The Second Aleutian Islands Campaign begins as the Soviets try to hold the islands. The Japanese begins passing intel found on the Soviets to the Americans. The Chinese also begin sending Intel on American pacific positions to the Soviets.

December 3. The Belgians attack Aachen and occupy the city. They push towards Duren. The British begin planning an evacuation of the Benelux just in case. The Soviets begin massing troops near Trondheim. They wish to knock Norway out of the war.

December 4. American warplanes begin bombing Baku to destructive results as the Soviets destroy most of the planes. The Bulgarians retake Burgas from Turkey. The Battle of Brixen begins between the Italians and Austro-Hungarians.

December 5. Otto Von Habsburg is crowned Archduke of the new Archduchy of Austria. His coronation is broadcasted to the entire world. The Austrian populace already begin to rally behind him.

December 6. Breda falls. The East Germans retake Aachen and push into malmedy. The Battle of Trondheim begins as the Norwegians and British defend it fiercely. They are successful in pushing the Soviets away from the city.

December 7. The Vietnamese Navy is destroyed in the South China Sea by the American Navy. The Vietnamese begin preparing coastal forts. The Australian Royal Navy begins attacking coastal targets in Vietnam.

December 8. Brixen is captured by the Austrians. The Austrians also capture Schlanders and Meran. They begin to move for Bozen. The ethnic Austrians of South Tyrol rejoice as in 9 PM, Bozen falls to the Austro-Hungarian-Soviet-Czech spearhead.

December 9. Utrecht falls to the Soviets. Only The Battle of Amsterdam begins. The East Germans reach Liege. Soviets begin supporting communist militias in the significant communist presence in Italy.

December 10. The entirety of South Tyrol is occupied by the Austrians. The Austrians begin consolidating their positions. The Greeks and Turks combine an offensive and break the Bulgarian lines. The Bulgarians retreat to Plovdiv. The Soviet Caucasian army begins attacking to relive them. They capture Kars.

December 11. Amsterdam falls. The Dutch government begins evacuating its military personnel and equipment to UK. Trondhiem falls to another offensive Soviet offensive on the city.

December 12. The Great Evacuation begins in Netherlands. Liege falls to the Germans. The Germans move to Namur. Middelburg and Haarlem fall. The Dutch evacuate the entirety of their military. The Hague falls and Netherlands becomes entirely occupied.

December 13. Netherlands makes a government in exile in Britain. The RAF begins utmost mission priority in the english channel. The Aleutian islands is liberated by the Americans.

December 14. Battle of Haskovo begins. The Romanians and Bulgarians defend the city fiercely. Namur falls. The Germans begin the Battle of Charleroi.

December 15. The Battle of Trento ends in a failure for the Austrians. The Hungarians cover their retreat.

December 16. Charleroi and Leuven fall to the Soviets and Germans. The Battle of Haskovo ends in Bulgarian victory as they begin to slowly push the greeks and turks back. The Turks retake Kars. The Japanese and South Koreans break the deadlock and invade Seoraksan.

December 17. Nivelles falls. The Battle of Brussels begins. The Norwegian Government begins negotiations with the Soviet government.

December 18. Brussels falls. The Royal family is evacuated to France. The Austrians capture Trento. The Austrians also begin entrenching themselves and fortifications are built for the Trento Line meant to hold. Austria also experiences rapid recruitment for the army as young men come in droves. The soviet submarines under the arctic cap begin firing non-nuclear ballistic missiles into Alaska and Canada.

December 19. Antwerp falls. The Belgian government capitulates and forms a government-in-exile in Britain. The Greeks and Turks are pushed back to the border by the Bulgarians and Turks. The South Koreans and Japanese liberate Seoul from North Korea.

December 20. Battle of Varvara ends in Bulgarian defeat as the Turks hold the city.

December 21. The Italians try to liberate Trento however fail. The French finally agree to secret negotiations to enter the war on 1st Jan 1984. The Norwegians reach an agreement with the Soviets. The Soviets would fall back to the border. The Norwegians would allow Soviets to use the entirety of their air bases. Svalbard is leased to the Soviets for the duration of the war. The Norwegians have to pay 175 Billion Dollars as war reparations.

December 22. The Norwegians officially pull out of the war. The Soviet secret service alerts Kremlin on suspicious military activities in France. The Soviets mobilize at the border just in case. The Battle of Jangkok begins between the Japanese, South Koreans and North Koreans.

December 23. Jangkok falls to the South Koreans. They begin pushing the North Koreans back to the border. Italians mount a massive offensive in the alps. The Austrians defend fiercely as the Trento swaps hands 4 times before Austria regaining it with help of Soviet air support. Soviet submarines put 7 torpedoes into the hull of the USS Nimitz. The Aircraft carrier does not sink immediately allowing the crew to evacuate. However, 400 sailors still perish. It is obvious to the Americans that the anti-carrier strategy of the soviets is working. Nearly half of their operational aircraft carriers are out of the fight.

December 24. Archduke Otto rally's austria in a motivational speech in Vienna stating "We are the Austrians. We are the ones who prevented Ottoman expansion into Central and Western Europe protecting it. We have been the bulwark protecting Europe many times in history. Now, these Italians and their allies seek to violate and undermine our country and its independence. Shall we allow that to happen? I think not! We shall fight till the end! These high mountains have been our home for centuries and we will defend it till the last Austrian blood has been spilt. Even then, our country shall continue the struggle!" The speech is encouraged by the Soviets who state that the Austrians shall have the Soviets unconditional assistance.

December 25. Christmas day is bloody affair in America. Soviet non-nuclear missiles begin attacking Alaska with a refueled edge. Almost the entirety of the infrastructure is blown to smithereens in the state. The Pacific fleet has had a hard time directly confronting the soviet pacific fleet who seems to be content with a hit and run tactic. The Canadian navy is ill suited to try and find the soviet subs hidden underneath the arctic ice-cap. For the first time ever, the soviets bring the fight to continental USA as long range strategic bombers pass through air defenses (A lucky shot) and bomb Seattle. The Americans retaliate by bombing the Kurils and Vladivostok.

December 26. France decides to enter the war early. Its forces exchange fire with the Soviets and Germans at the border. They push the Soviets to the Ardene forest. The Soviets recall the Central Asian Armies and the Northern Armies as they are transported to Germany. The Soviet high leadership knows that France will not be an easy foe to destroy. The Italians begin bombing prominent civilian centers in Austria. The Austrians outraged asks the Soviets to retaliate. All to happy, the Soviets bomb Genoa and Milan.

December 27. The French capture Ypres. French troops are also sent to reinforce the alps in Italy. Soviet airforce begins battling for dominance over the French airspace. The Americans begin seriously considering the nuclear option as the Soviet spearhead seems unstoppable day by day.

December 28. The French capture Bruges and Brussels. They cannot push deeper as the Soviets and Germans entrench themselves. The Greeks try to advance into Bulgaria again but are defeated at the Battle of Mt. Vihren. The Bulgarians and Romanians begins mounting attacks at the Turkish held Varvara.

December 29. The French attack and capture Freiburg. The Soviets begin bombing Calais, Paris and Stratsbourg. The Austrians begin preparing with the Hungarians for an offensive to Rovereto.

December 30. The French try to advance further but the Soviets stop the advance and recapture Bruges.

December 31. Resurrection Day begins. A Nuclear Bomb is dropped by America into Kharkov. Hundreds of thousands die. China condemns the attacks and immediately severe's all diplomatic ties and imposes a blockade on America. India and Pakistan also condemn the attack. Neutral countries like Switzerland, Yugoslavia, Sweden, Finland and Ireland denounce the attack and announce that they are going to severe all ties to USA and embargo them as well. The Soviets swear revenge as the Soviet Foreign Minister speaks in Moscow in front of a television broadcast. "We are in a state of war. We have been for over a month now. For the sake of humankind, we have not initiated a nuclear strike, and I believe that America's nuclear allies France and Britain have also not used their nuclear assets for this reason. But, America seems to now ignore the unspoken rules of modern warfare. An eye for an eye. America has bombed one of our cities with nuclear devices. We shall do the same with one American city. Shall another Nuclear Attack commence, the entirety of the Soviet Nuclear Force shall be dropped into Western Europe and North America. Consider this our only warning."

Jan 1 1984. On 5 AM, the city of San Francisco goes up in flames as a soviet nuclear bomb is dropped unto it. Nearly a million die as an aftermath. China immediately calls for a UN meeting to resolve the issue of the nuclear weapons being used in the war. A temporary truce is announced as Soviet, British, French, American delegates reach Zurich, Switzerland. Chinese and Swiss delegates are sent as mediators.

The Conference of Zurich condemned the Americans for the first nuclear attack. Chinese and Swiss delegates both made both sides agree not to use their nuclear assets. A truce is signed to last till Jan 10.

Jan 8. Yuri Andropov dies of Kidney Failure. Mikhail Gorbachev becomes the Leader of the Soviet Union and the General Secretary of the Politburo.

Jan 9. Riots break out in Portugal and Spain to end the war.

Jan 10. Fighting resumes again. Austria mounts a massive offensive to Rovereto. The Soviets recapture Freiburg.

Jan 11. France withdraws from Belgium as a massive counteroffensive by the Soviets results in massive deaths for French soldiers. The Soviets enter French land. The Battle of Rovereto begins.

Jan 12. The Romanians and Bulgarians liberate Varvara as the Turkish Army withdraws from Bulgaria.

Jan 13. Strasbourg falls to the Soviets. Riots and violence break out all throughout Italy to withdraw from the war. The Japanese and South Koreans push the North Koreans back to the Demilitarized zones. China once again warns that any push further would mean war. The Japanese and South Koreans dig in for defense.

Jan 14. Battle of Calais. Stalemate ensues. Germans capture Mulhouse. KGB begins funding the French communists.

Jan 16. Austria captures Rovereto. Italian riots turn into a rebellion as the people storm Rome demanding end to the war. The Italian government weary of the war agree. They begin negotiations with Austria and the Soviets.

Jan 17. Italians agree to allow South Tyrol to be annexed by Austria. They also demilitarize the border with Austria and pay 450 Billion dollars as reparation. Italy pulls out of the war to deal with its own civil unrest. Some amount of unrest also begins in the USSR but Gorbachev begins to pass the wartime rationing and solidarity act to improve the situation within the soviet union.

Jan 18. Austria withdraws from the war after the Italians allowing the Soviets to use their bases. Archduke Otto gives a speech. "It is with a great burden lifted off my shoulders, I inform all of the Austrian people that war has ended for us. We have gained victory and no longer shall Austrian sovereignty and independence be stamped upon. Today is a day to rejoice! Rejoice for today the Austrians have won!"

Jan 19. Soviets capture Calais. French communists begin rebelling in France. Riots break out as well.

Jan 20. Soviets and Germans capture Reims. Soviets destroy the last aircraft carrier they will destroy in the entire war. A soviet submarine plants several torpedoes and missiles into the USS Vinson making it explode immediately. The Soviets veer to Rouen aiming to encircle the Spanish, French, Portuguese, British and American forces.

Jan 22. The soviets capture Rouen and makes and mad dash to Le Havre. The Battle of Le Havre commences. The city falls and with it 250,000 French soldiers, 75,000 British, 30,000 spanish, 15000 Portuguese and 150,000 americans have become encircled.

Jan 23. The Soviets begin squeezing from all sides while the French desperately mount attacks after attacks to break the encirclement only to be rebuffed by the Germans defending.

Jan 24. The British make an immediate evacuation from Boulogne. The Americans try to do so as well, however the Soviets capture the city before they can. The Spanish and Portuguese troops surrender. The Americans and French continue to fight the 'Great Encirclement' as it was called.\

Jan 25. The French and American troops surrender at 4 PM. Paris falls as the 8th Soviet Armored Division enters the city minutes after the city is declared a free city to the Soviets.

Jan 26. France surrenders. Spain and Portugal withdraw from the war completely paying severe war reparations.

Jan 31. America, Canada and Britain enter negotiations with the Soviets.

Mikhail Gorbachev does not seek a harsh treaty knowing that already inflamed emotions would be flamed even more in the future should a harsh treaty be given. He diplomatically creates a moderate treaty.

The Treaty of Stockholm
Signed: 9th February 1984.

1. Germany shall reunite under the former East German Adminstration
2. Denmark shall become a pro-soviet country with the monarchy intact.
3. Netherlands and Belgium shall become pro-soviet countries with their monarchies intact.
4. Belgium, Denmark and Netherlands shall join the Warsaw Pact.
5. Belgium shall cede Malmedy to Germany
6. France demilitarizes its border with Germany.
7. France, Britain and Canada to pay medium war reparations.
8. Greece and Turkey to pay war reparations. Turkey to limit the size of its Black Sea Fleet.
9. Greece and Turkey shall leave NATO.
10. America shall pay 1.5 Trillion dollars as war reparation and dismantle half of its nuclear assets under supervision of Soviet officers.
11. America to halve its Pacific fleet
12. A non-aggression pact shall be made between NATO and the Warsaw Pact for a duration of 50 years.

Signed: The Warsaw Pact, The North Atlantic Treaty Organization
Mediator: The Kingdom of Sweden.

With that on February 9, 1984, the Third World War ended after 4 months. The North Koreans also returned to Status Quo Ante Bellum with South Korea. Vietnam is given war reparations by the Philipines.
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